The line-up of the new Labour Party administration in charge of Birmingham City Council has been finalised with the appointment of scrutiny committee chairmen.
Veteran Ladywood councillor Carl Rice heads up the scrutiny function with a remit to monitor the council executive, develop new policy initiatives and probe the performance of other public bodies.
He will chair the Resources, Governance and Member Development committee.
The other scrutiny chairmen are:
*Susan Barnett, Health and Social Care
*Ian Cruise, Birmingham Economy and Jobs
*Majid Mahmood, Partnership, Contract Performance and the Third Sector
*Victoria Quinn, Transport, Connectivity and Sustainability
*Anita Ward, Education and Vulnerable Children
*Waseem Zaffer, Social Cohesion and Community Safety
Coun Rice said the scrutiny committees would have a wider remit than previously.
He added: “The committees are to develop policy and think through the challenges that the city will face in the future.
“Labour has a vision of Birmingham as a green, safe, smart and fair city. We want to become Britain’s Enterprise Capital. We need to harvest ideas and develop policies from every possible source.
“We have put together a first class team who will be able to meet this challenge. We will be the “critical friend” of the decision makers within the council and crucially the voice of the public.”
The last part of the new administration, the devolved District Committees, has also been announced.
The committees, with £100 million-plus budgets, will be run by local councillors and assume responsibility for delivering a wide range of services including housing management.
Chairmen of the six committees where Labour has a majority of councillors are: Erdington, Penny Holbrook; Ladywood, Yvonne Mosquito; Hodge Hill, Ansar Ali Khan; Northfield, Peter Griffiths; Perry Barr, Mahmood Hussain; Hall Green, Habib Rechman.
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