Laura Sharman 08 December 2015

Birmingham 'turning a corner' says progress report

Birmingham City Council is ‘turning a corner’ but will need more time to restore itself as a ‘leader in local government’, according to the latest progress report.

The cross-party report sets out the council’s progress on achieving the nine recommendations made by Sir Bob Kerslake last year.

The report states: ‘We have laid the foundations and we are determined to finish the job of improvement. But restoring the city council’s reputation as a leader in local government will require much more than one year of work on specific recommendations.

‘We are all fully aware of the scale of the challenges facing the organisation and the need for truly radical change if those challenges are to be met.’

The report found that 16% of the actions laid out in the improvement plan have slipped while 2% had been delayed in starting.

The report said these delays were due to ‘issues such as needing decisions on the budget, some work needing external expertise because we don’t have sufficient experience within the council, or because of delays in other areas of the programme.’

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