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BRUM DEVOLVES POWER TO SELF-RULING DISTRICTS

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Birmingham City Council has agreed to establish self-governing districts in each of its 11 constituencies. ...
Birmingham City Council has agreed to establish self-governing districts in each of its 11 constituencies.

Key services such as refuse collection, street cleaning and park maintenance could be devolved to the new mini-councils by the end of next year.

The move follows the successful conclusion of the constitutional convention where proposals for the devolution of decision making were agreed.

A declaration of intent outlines the proposed changes, committing the council to establishing devolved partnerships by the end of next year, devolving some council services and supporting a rolling programme of neighbourhood renewal.

Leader Albert Bore (Lab) said: 'We must modernise the outdated structure of local democracy and public services.'

The idea is to give many of the city's 117 councillors more scope to run neighbourhood affairs in co-operation with community groups to better serve its population of one million.

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