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BIRMINGHAM TO EXTEND CONSULTATION ON MODERNISATION PLANS

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The deadline for consultation on Birmingham City Council's plans for modernisation is to be extended after business...
The deadline for consultation on Birmingham City Council's plans for modernisation is to be extended after business leaders claimed they had been left in the dark, reports The Birmingham Post (p1).

They claim they have been given less than three weeks to consult members and draw up responses. Last night the Labour group promised that extra time would be provided.

Andy Howell, deputy leader and a member of the democracy commission - set up to oversee changes to the council's administration, said the deadline was not 'set in stone'.

'I will ask business representatives if they need longer and if they do then they shall have it. This is only the first stage of our consultations. Our problem appears to be that the arguments for an against the various options are not well known and the democracy commission will be setting them out,' he said.
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