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Accountants Deloitte to draw up £250m Birmingham council cuts package

 

A highly controversial £250 million savings package at Birmingham city council will be based on work by financial consultants Deloitte rather than elected members, it has been confirmed, reports Paul Dale on the website 'The Chamberlain Files'.

The firm’s Birmingham office is using a “bespoke demand analysis model” in what amounts to a zero budgeting approach – starting from scratch and working out where demand for services is greatest, and as a result the areas where spending can be cut or scrapped entirely.

The method is sharply different to previous approaches to spending cuts by the controlling Labour group, which involved senior councillors and cabinet members leading service review working parties, the results of which fed into the budget making process.

This time, city councillors will only play an active role in the process once the Deloitte proposals are on the table, raising fears that it may be too late by then to change the thrust of the budget cuts.

There will also be widespread public consultation leading up to publication of draft 2016-17 city council spending plans in December.

 

The full article can be found here.

 

There is also an excellent article about this on the Birmingham Against The Cuts website

05/10/2015


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