THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Red Faces and Blunt Warnings for Council
The scale of Birmingham City Council's business transformation programme - seeking to generate savings of more than pounds 650 million by adopting more efficient ways of working - makes it easily the most ambitious modernisation project in British local government. Failure would be unthinkable, not just for a council which is relying on the changes to cut a bloated workforce and to keep council tax increases at 1.9 per cent over the next ten years, but also for the Government which is keeping a keen eye on Birmingham's progress.
There will be a few red faces at the Council House, therefore, given the blunt warning issued by Audit Commission inspectors who found that the hype surrounding business transformation is far removed from events in real life. It is worth noting at this stage that the commission's progress report is an entirely independent piece of work by experts who have nothing to gain from being anything less than honest, and who recently gave Birmingham an extremely positive Comprehensive Performance Assessment.
Their findings in this instance should set alarm bells ringing.
The council's political leadership has been at pains for months to deny trade …
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Publication information: Article title: THE BIRMINGHAM POST: Red Faces and Blunt Warnings for Council. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: July 19, 2008. Page number: 9. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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