Birmingham City Council leader, Cllr John Clancy, has responded to calls for more consultation on budget proposals by adding a third public meeting in the south of the city.
The 2016+ budget consultation, setting out budget proposals for 2016/17 – 2019/20, was published last week and, in addition to a range of meetings with groups affected, public meetings have already been held in Erdington and the Council House.
Now a third, post-Christmas, meeting has been added to the schedule, with Cllr Clancy and his Cabinet answering public questions at St Nicholas Place, Kings Norton, on Wednesday 6 January.
Cllr Clancy said: “Presenting such stark choices to the people of Birmingham has not been the easiest thing to do in my first two weeks as leader of the council. But it’s vital that we speak to people about the choices we’re making and work with the city to plan for a future with dramatically reduced funding.
“I’m keen to speak to as many people as possible about these proposals and this additional meeting will give people in the south of the city an opportunity to make their views known.
“In general terms I’m keen to speak to individuals, community groups, charities, businesses and others as we redesign Birmingham City Council.”
Book a place at the 6 January public meeting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-city-council-budget-consultation-2016-at-saint-nicolas-place-kings-norton-registration-19998488016
In addition to the Kings Norton meeting, Cabinet will be online for a second Budget Q&A webcast on Thursday 7 January.
You can view Monday’s Budget Q&A webcast here: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/archive-budget-qa-webcast/
The budget consultation closes on 8 January 2015 and residents can also:
- Fill in our online survey on the Be Heard consultation portal
- Text ‘Budget’ followed by a space and your message to 07786 200 403
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: Budget Views, Room M49, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB
- Post your comment and discuss other people’s suggestions on the Birmingham Speaks forum