One thing that makes a lot people think of the Council – is also the thing that irritates them most: ‘red tape’. It’s the all-purpose phrase we use to sum up how public authorities seem repeatedly to snatch unimaginative and oppressive defeat from the jaws of common sense victory. It’s why it costs the Council up to ten times more to do a simple job than it would cost a community group to do the same thing; and explains why the Council thinks it needs to know your sexuality before it can give you a wheelie bin. But there’s another side to ‘red tape’ – regulations that protect the most vulnerable; stop damage and injury; look after our rights; and prevent corruption.
Join Chamberlain Forum for the Standing Up For Birmingham (SU4Brum) conversation on Cutting Red Tape at Change Kitchen at The Fireside Centre on Pershore Street opposite Birmingham’s City Centre Wholesale Markets at 5.30-7pm on April 17. We’ll be aiming to work out a set of principles which we want to get the Council to agree to: rules for reducing bureaucracy without losing the protection we want… and a right to challenge unnecessary red-tape whenever citizens come across it.
Standing Up For Birmingham is a campaign supported by Birmingham City Council which invites citizens, community groups and others to work with the Council to make public services – and the places we live – better. We’re not ‘bashing the Council’ – we want to help improve it. Book your place at the Red Tape Conversation using the booking form below or by email or call Chamberlain Forum on 07795 448 462 (leave a message on voicemail).