The council is running public consultation sessions on its budget plans for 2017 onwards. It could be an opportunity for the council to show that they value public discussion and the views of the citizens of Birmingham who elected them, with at least one session in each constituency and long enough for everyone to have a chance to have their say and councillors to respond.
But that’s an opportunity the council has rejected. Instead there are just two public sessions, each only one hour long. It’s a token consultation before they railroad the cuts budget through.
The sessions are:
Tuesday 13th December, St Barnabas Church, Erdington 6:30pm-7:30pm
Friday 13th January, Stirchley Baths, 2pm-3pm
You can also post your comments on the council website at birminghambeheard.org.uk
There is some useful detailed material on the council’s budget at http://www.itv.com/news/central/2016-12-07/council-tax-to-rise-by-3-99-major-shake-up-of-jobs-millions-to-be-saved-in-birmingham-city-councils-2017-budget/