Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+ HAVE YOUR SAY by 10th January 2018


We’ve launched our Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+.

Our plans for allocating the total budget we have to spend on services for 2018 have been published and we want to hear your views on them.

The consultation runs until 15 January 2018. Please have your say and help shape the future of the council here

Draft Ward Plan for Brandwood

Brandwood Ward Development Plan and the New Ward Boundaries May 2018
At our September meeting Cllr.Mike Leddy presented the Brandwood Ward Development Plan. He has asked residents look through  and email comments/suggestions to him before 6th October :
Please remember that there will be new ward Boundaries from May 2108 and therefore the current Brandwood Ward will be divided: the South section of Brandwood ( below Broad Lane& Tunnel Lane through to the Lock) will become Druids Heath & Monyhull Ward and the North section of Brandwood( Above Broad lane and Tunnel) will join Kings Heath ward to become the new Brandwood & Kings Heath Ward.Therefore I would suggest that residents take account of which new ward they will joining as to the suggestions which they make.
Also to add to the confusion…!! ALL Birmingham City Councillors will be standing down in May 2018 and so at the moment we do not know which Councillors will be representing the two new Wards.

Draft Ward Development Plan
So I’d suggest that residetns ought to attend our next meeting 18th October to find out more!  Chair, Karen Osborne

OFF ROAD BIKES – PUBLIC MEETING Billesley Police Station Monday 27th June 7pm


Monday 27th June at 7pm


Yardley Wood Road, B13 0TB

An opportunity for the local community to discuss the anti-social use of off road bikes with the police and local councillors

Contact Email:

For the attention of Sgt 7643 Tanner.

Where are the Brandwood Forum Community Noticeboards?

Please let your neighbours know about our meetings and look at our local noticeboards and website for other community  information and news.
Our Brandwood Forum Community noticeboards are at the following sites
1) Vicarage Road(opposite the Post Office)
2) Druids Heath Library (to the right of the main entrance)
3) Yarningale Road Costcutters ( on the grass)
4) Alcester Road Tescos ( residents say its been installed the wrong way round… I might be able to change this at some point)
5) Board Lane Shops ( opposite the Chippy)
Subject to funding…we will be installing two more noticeboards- Allenscroft Road and at Marsham shops( If you know of anywhere else which may be better- please let me, Chair Karen Osborne  know) email

The Kerslake Review: What’s It All About?


The Leader of the City Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government called for an independent review of Birmingham City Council.

Sir Bob Kerslake, Permanent Secretary in Department for Communities and Local Government, will lead the review and report back to the Leader of the City Council and Secretary of State by 31 December 2014. The review will examine both the governance and organisational capabilities of the council with a view to making a series of recommendations on the economic and service delivery capabilities of the council.

In conducting this review:

  • Sir Bob has appointed an advisory panel to support him throughout the review, which will spend 5 days in Birmingham between September-December to conduct interviews and hold evidence gathering sessions.
  • the panel will meet with Sir Bob on a regular basis
  • Sir Bob will hold an open call for evidence as well as talking to key organisations in local government, including officials and politicians in Birmingham City Council, the Local Government Association, Members of Parliament and other relevant parties
  • Birmingham City Council will provide support to the team working with Sir Bob, in particular sharing financial plans, past and present
  • Birmingham City Council will loan a team leader to join the Birmingham team for the period of this review

The panel that has been appointed are:

  • Deborah Cadman, OBE (Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council)
  • Carolyn Downs (Chief Executive, Local Government Association)
  • Councillor Sir Steve Houghton (Labour, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Cudworth Ward)
  • Councillor Mehboob Khan (Political Advisor to London Councils / Labour, Kirklees Council, Greenhead Ward)
  • Joanne Roney, OBE (Chief Executive, Wakefield Council)
  • Donna Hall (Chief Executive, Wigan Council)
  • Councillor David Simmonds (Conservatives, Hillingdon London Borough Council, Ickenham Ward); and
  • Councillor Howard Sykes (Liberal Democrats, Oldham Council, Shaw Ward)

The review will consider the operation, culture and structure of the corporate governance arrangement at the heart of the City Council. It will look at their effectiveness and appropriateness for supporting the leadership and local service delivery needed to secure the future propensity of the City, and the wellbeing of all who live, work, or visit there. Sir Bob will make recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the City Council’s corporate governance arrangements both in the short and medium term.

The following lines of inquiry will be pursued:

  • structure and size of Birmingham City Council
  • clarity of strategic leadership and direction
  • managerial capacity to deliver the council’s priorities
  • role of the council in representing the community
  • financial planning and sustainability in the medium and long term
  • performance management and accountability
  • the council’s approach to partnership

Contact details for responses


Twitter @KerslakeReview


The Kerslake Review- looking at BCC and how it can improve- Have your say!

For those of you who are interested in taking part in a wider debate about the way forward for Birmingham City Council- education/ childrens services/health/transport/housing/all services/governance /planning etc

please click this link-

For further information about the Kerslake Review:

Gillie Severin | Team Leader, Kerslake Review of Birmingham Corporate Governance | Department for Communities and Local Government | 4th Floor, South East Quadrant, Fry Building, 2 Marsham St | London | SW1P 4DF | Phone +44 (0)303 444 1938 / 07825454158 (BB)



Government Inquiry into Litter! Written submissions by 16th October

The Government want to hear from you about your ideas on how to solve the Litter problem

The Communities and Local Government Committee is launching an inquiry into litter.

Litter remains an issue of local public concern, with levels of littering and fly-tipping failing to reduce substantially, despite campaigns and publicity aimed at changing public behaviour, and despite a suite of powers and responsibilities for local councils and other bodies enshrined in legislation. The costs of managing litter and fly-tipping are significant – Keep Britain Tidy puts a £1 billion plus annual price tag on managing litter and its knock-on impacts nationally.

Terms of Reference

The Committee invites submissions on how significant a problem littering and fly-tipping is, and whether current government policies are adequate and give local authorities enough autonomy to tackle the problem in local communities.

Written submissions are invited from interested parties on:

  • What problems do litter and fly-tipping create for local communities-is the situation improving or deteriorating?
  • How effective are the actions of those responsible for managing waste in the local environment? What more should local councils, the Environment Agency, and Government funded bodies such as WRAP do?
  • Does the current statute, regulation and guidance set an effective framework to minimise litter and fly-tipping. What, if any, further changes are required?
  • What roles do and should the private citizen and campaign and action groups have in tackling litter?

The Committee particularly welcomes any evidence from local authority scrutiny committees.


The Committee welcomes photographs illustrating problems with litter and fly-tipping and also before and after photographs where areas have been successfully cleaned up. Please tweet your photographs to @commonsclg, using the hashtag #litterpix


The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by 2.00pm on Thursday, 16 October 2014. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.
Submissions should be uploaded onto the website in word format no later than the deadline.