Austin Macauley 22 October 2014

Public meeting to debate future of Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham residents are being urged to have their say at a public meeting being held next month as part of an independent review into the city council’s performance.

The meeting will look at the structure and size of the council, its leadership and direction, whether it represents the community and its capacity to deliver on key priorities.

The review was set up in July by council leader Sir Albert Bore and communities secretary Eric Pickles to examine whether the council is fit for purpose.

Other areas under the spotlight include the council’s financial planning and sustainability.

Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, is leading the inquiry and will report his findings by the end of the year.

‘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,’ said Sir Bob.

‘As I have said in the past, 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.’

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