BCC Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan Consultation

 

Birmingham City Council has launched it’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan Consultation until 16 November 2020.

We are witnessing very challenging times during the global pandemic. The effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown have been widespread across our communities and the local economy; impacting on the wellbeing of all our citizens.   The city council has led on the public health response locally and already done a great deal to help businesses weather the storm. Birmingham City Council has been working to issue Small Business Grants and Discretionary Grant payments to businesses that have been affected. To date the Council has processed over £217.5million to more than 18,000 businesses eligible for the Small Business Grants. The teams are finalising processing Discretionary Grant’s having so far paid out in excess of £9.8million to 1,707 businesses.

The city council is now putting in place plans for the longer term recovery of the local economy and the its COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan is now open for consultation. The purpose of this Recovery Plan is to summarise the City Council’s contribution to supporting the economy of the city as it recovers from the COVID-19 crisis and adapts to changing conditions.  The city council appreciate the situation is fluid and with changing restrictions it is always difficult to predict future direction, however the City Council’s priorities remain firm. The city council’s overall priorities for the recovery from COVID-19 are:

Creating a more inclusive economy and tackling the inequalities and injustices highlighted by the crisis;

Taking more radical action to achieve zero carbon and a green and sustainable city;

Strengthening our public services and creating new services to address needs; and

Building the strength and resilience of our communities, based on the positive response to the crisis.

These priorities have always been critical to the economic success of the city and the city council is aware that current and future strategies address and work towards these identified priorities. The draft Recovery Plan addresses the challenges and offers priorities and future direction on how to tackle these difficult issues. The city council is asking partners, colleagues and stakeholders to help guide, support and offer their views on the key matters affecting the city.

The Recovery Plan consultation phase will be run for a period of 6 weeks starting from today – 5th October 2020,  until Monday 16th November 2020 at 5pm. Following the end of the consultation period, the draft Recovery Plan will be amended to take into account the representations received. The consultation document is available now to view and download on the Birmingham Be Heard consultation hub page athttps://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/economic-recovery-strategy-consultation/. Please feel free to forward to colleagues for further comment.

Written responses must be submitted to birminghameconomy@birmingham.gov.uk or by completing the survey on the Be Heard link above by Monday 16th November 2020.

Please note, the city council cannot respond individually to comments made but all views will be recorded and be incorporated into a final Recovery Plan to be taken into consideration. Individual responses will be used solely for this consultation and will be kept confidential. Any comments used will be kept anonymous and individuals shall not be named.