BCC budget cuts 2019: an important question – asked to great effect in 2011

Birmingham City Council cuts are a blight on this city and their handling of the bins dispute has been nothing short of shameful….and I sued to work for Birmingham City Council and was made redundant, like the other 20000 employees thanks to the council’s mismanagement of the City of Birmingham….the ‘Brummie Bard’ AKA Keith Bracey

Our Birmingham

Why aren’t we, the electorate, consulted about the whole Council Budget, not just the proposed cuts?

 

 A recent BATC article asked this question and continued:

“The Council’s Budget Consultation is not a consultation about the whole Budget, only about the Council’s planned cuts. On 19 December the Council held a public Budget Consultation meeting.  But it was a rigged consultation because we weren’t given the full Budget plans, only the proposals for the cuts that the Council leadership wants to make.

“The cuts the Council has decided on amount to £50 million this year. But the Council’s total Controllable Expenditure is £1.1billion. The planned savings amount to just 4.5% of the total Council Budget.

  • Where are the plans for the remaining 95.5%? There isn’t a word about them in the consultation document.
  • Why are they kept secret and not spelled out in the report?

“(Of course the Council will…

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Ones to watch in 2019

I like the look of Adam Stokes second Birmingham restaurant: The Oyster Bar on Temple Street, specialising in seafood…..what’s not to like…..Michelin stars and fish…….#BrumIsBrill

Midlands Gourmet Girl

Instead of my usual weekly round up of news, today I thought that I’d share with you a flurry of exciting new openings that I am looking forward to.

ones to watch in 2019

There is a restaurant on a country estate in Herefordshire, a seafood restaurant in Birmingham, a gin distillery in Warwickshire and hotel dining in Stratford upon Avon that I predict will be the restaurants to watch in 2019.

lee westcott chef pensons at netherwood estate

The Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire / Worcestershire borders will be the picturesque setting of the new Pensons restaurant.  The countryside setting will give Head Chef Lee Wescott (formerly of The Typing Room in London) the opportunity to farm, forage and grow ingredients bringing to life his ethos of eating locally, seasonal and sustainably.  Pensons will be open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and for lunch from Thursday to Sunday from the 24th of January.

the oyster club birmingham

Over in Birmingham city centre, Michelin…

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New Year, new events

What’s on the #Birmingham and West Midlands culinary scene in early 2019

Midlands Gourmet Girl

January 2019

Happy New Year! If you head over to the Events page you will find my recommendations for what’s on in January and here are some highlights to whet your appetite:-

  • enjoy a wine tasting with Connolly’s Wine and a selection of tapas at The Hive’s new Saturday Sessions
  • tuck into a delicious Talton Mill home- reared pork and cider stew at their Pork & Cider Wasseil
  • the Dining for Sight supper club kicks off the New Year with an Asian inspired menu
  • celebrate the Californian wines of Orin Swift at the Hyatt Regency hotel
  • join a brigade of past and present Simpsons chefs for a special one-off dinner.
  • toast the haggis at Warwick Castle’s Burns’ Night supper and
  • step back in time for a Heritage Afternoon Tea, based on 18th century recipes, at the Market Hall Museum in Warwick.

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