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Chance to have your say on Birmingham council’s competence

Chance to have your say on Birmingham council’s competence

🕔23.Oct 2014

The senior civil servant investigating Birmingham city council’s competence has invited people to have their say at a public meeting.

Sir Bob Kerslake, who is leading a review of the council’s governance capabilities, says he wants to hear directly from those living and working in the city on how they think the local authority could improve.

The meeting will be held at 6pm on 28 October in the Library of Birmingham.

Sir Bob will be joined by members of the review’s advisory panel who have all been spending significant time in the city since their work began in September, meeting with both members of the community and the council.

With space limited, members of the public keen to attend should register in advance by sending an email with their full name to KerslakeReviewEvent@Communities.gsi.gov.uk. Places will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Issues raised at the meeting will feed into a report which is to be completed by the end of the year, which will make a series of recommendations on the council’s structure and performance.

Sir Bob said: “Birmingham is a vibrant, dynamic city, so as part of my review, it is important that I hear direct from the people who live and work here. This is very much an open call for evidence and I would like to ensure that the report represents the views of those living and working in Birmingham.

“Having held a series of meetings with individuals, institutions and organisations from both the public and private sector, now is the right time to hold a public meeting to see if what I’ve heard matches with the views of those living, working and studying in Britain’s second largest city.”

The focus of the discussion will follow the lines of Sir Bob’s inquiry, which are:

  • Structure and size of Birmingham City Council
  • Clarity of strategic leadership and direction
  • Managerial capacity to deliver the council’s priorities
  • Role of the council in representing the community
  • Financial planning and sustainability in the medium and long term
  • Performance management and accountability
  • The council’s approach to partnership.

Story updated with new date and email address, thanks to the Re-Stirred Forum. It will be not be lost on visitors that this review is all about competence. 

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