Birmingham leads the way
Be Birmingham has taken the UK lead to better understand how improved public sector collaboration and effective spending can improve the lives of Birmingham’s citizens whilst delivering long term financial savings.
This work follows central government’s recognition of Be Birmingham’s public sector resource mapping exercise, which identified £7.5bn coming into the city in 2008/9. This was one of the largest and most comprehensive mapping exercises of public investment in the UK. The second stage of this work is to align the resources with the biggest priorities in the city.
As the current financial crisis deepens, central government has challenged councils and their partners to find better ways of delivering services in its new nationwide pilot programme, Total Place, with Birmingham being chosen as one of the 13 pilot areas.
To reflect the city’s lead in this work, Birmingham City Council and Be Birmingham, the city’s strategic partnership, will this week (Thursday July 16th) host an inaugural Total Place event for the 13 pilot areas. This event, facilitated by Stephen Hughes, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, is an ideal opportunity for Birmingham to share its learning and experiences to date.
Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council, Stephen Hughes said: "Total Place is perhaps the most significant initiative for local areas and local government for some time. It gives public agencies in one place the opportunity to grasp the agenda, to design services that better meet the needs of local citizens, to cut through artificial organisational boundaries, to slash waste and inefficiency and be better placed to meet the inevitable future pressures on public spending. It's a chance we must not let slip."
Be Birmingham director, Jackie Mould, said: “Total Place is about three things; identifying efficiency savings, putting citizens at the heart of better service delivery and finding collaborative ways of working.”
She added: “To ensure success Birmingham’s partners must look beyond their organisational boundaries and work together. As well as delivering a service that focuses solely upon those that use it, this approach will also provide better value for money.”
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