Birmingham is England’s largest single tier local authority – serving more than a million people in ten districts covering more than 130 distinct neighbourhoods. The cuts in funding the city’s Council faces led its leader, Albert Bore, to declare this time last year ‘the end of local government as we have known it’. A year [...]
The Birmingham based social media movement has teamed up with the BBC to run their long standing Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery from the BBC Mailbox. It means community and voluntary groups can now get free practical help in how make the best use of social media from BBC volunteers as well as local bloggers. [...]
Birmingham’s CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) makes decisions about how to spend more than £800m a year of public NHS funding, serving nearly three-quarters of a million people. It’s one of the largest CCGs – the bodies run by GPs and other health professionals which replaced Primary Care Trusts in April this year. But how [...]
Chamberlain Forum is working with the NHS Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group to recruit patient representatives to a new Patient Council which will influence the CCG on how it spends £800m of public money on health services across most of the city. Recruitment is now underway (the closing date is 17 September 2013) and [...]
Birmingham City Council – the largest first tier authority in Europe – is putting together a new Neighbourhood Strategy. It’s a critical piece of policy for a city of more than a million people – and at least 130 distinct neighbourhoods. With austerity cuts in public spending falling heavily not just on Birmingham’s council [...]
Mrs Green has a great idea which could make her neighbourhood a better place to live – and save some public money. Trouble is: no one wants to know. Who does she approach? How does she find out about them? Can she even get heard? And if she is, will she get help, or a cold-shoulder? In Birmingham, councillors, officers, public agencies, residents and community and voluntary groups are meeting over the course of the Summer to work out how to help the city’s Mrs Greens (and people like her) to help the city thrive despite spending cuts and increasing welfare need.