All Our Money: How do local authorities generate and spend money?


Tue Nov 08 2022 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm


The Exchange | Birmingham, EN

Each year Birmingham City Council spends more than £3,000,000,000. But where does all this money come from and where is it spent?
About this Event

Each year Birmingham City Council spends more than £3,000,000,000. But where does all this money come from and how do they decide where it all goes? What are the constraints and prioritisation dilemmas that council’s face every day?

In November, Stan’s Cafe made a pilot version of a play addressing these questions. Now, they are working with City Region Economic and Development Institute (City-REDI) at the University of Birmingham to make a full, in depth, nuanced version of this highly engaging show as an effort to bolster local democracy.

Together, they are seeking advice on what should be included in the show and opportunities to share the finished production. Longer term, the ambition is to adapt the show so it can address budgets set in local authorities around the country. This workshop will inform this process and be fun and thought provoking to attend.

Attendees will be invited to share their thoughts on what they have seen and heard and help shape the next version of this play.

The questions we will be looking to answer are:

  • What do you think is important for citizens to know about the budget?
  • What are your experiences of the budget-setting process?
  • How do you feel impacted by the decisions taken?
  • Is a play a good means of engaging people in this process of local democracy?

Open from 5:30pm for refreshments. Showing starts at 6pm.

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The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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