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Birmingham manifesto - neighbourhood working

May 1, 2014 4:06 PM

Devolution and neighbourhood working:

Birmingham's electoral wards are enormous by national standards. In most parts of the city they are the lowest level of elected representation to which budgets can be allocated.

Under Labour community chest has been halved and decisions about allocations to wards passed back by district committees, leaving some areas at risk of getting nothing.

We will guarantee a minimum level of community chest per ward. This will be backed by a much increased level of accountability as we recognise the high level of risk of abuse of this system. We will also restore the capital budget allocated to community chest as soon as practicable. This allows local people to determine local projects

All community chest allocations will be published in a single database on the council website and examples of good practice and effective projects shared. We will expect ward committees and/or councillors to explain how they have involved local people in making decisions and in commissioning services.

By embedding community chest in city budgets, we will enable wards to commission services over periods of longer than a year.

We will keep the functioning of district committees under review. We have over the years supported the principle of district devolution whilst being concerned about its costs and effectiveness.

We would restore the right of district committees to meet in their own neighbourhoods, increasing their accessibility for local residents.

We support the establishment of a Sutton Coldfield Town Council, subject to a positive vote in a referendum