Stephen Hughes, chief executive, Birmingham City Council was one of the keynote speakers at the summit on 11 November 2010, which examined how the city can help people improve the quality of their lives despite public sector cuts.
Chaired by The Right Reverend David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, the line up of high profile speakers included Helen Ghosh, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Oli Henman, Project Manager, The Big Society Network.
Deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley and Chamber of Commerce boss Jerry Blackett were among the speakers who focused on the most important priorities for the city, identified by listening to the public and looking at evidence to show where the city needs to improve.
The draft refreshed Vision 2026, Birmingham’s sustainable community strategy, was also presented. Since the strategy was first developed in 2008, the country’s finances have been hit hard by the recession and the public sector now faces large-scale funding cuts. While the overall vision remains the same, it is recognised that not everything can be delivered as originally planned.
The partners are committed to working together to use their wealth of expertise to rise to the challenges that face us and to putting the citizen at the centre of service delivery.
For a copy of the summit report click here