Voluntary council tax supplement for Children's Dept funding

That council tax households are given an opportunity of volunteering to pay an additional, ring-fenced supplement (say 10%) aimed at the recruitment, training, development and retention of high quality social worker personnel. This campaign initiative would be cross party and aimed to help the city's most vulnerable  children and, as a side issue, help restore some of our battered reputation.

Why the contribution is important

It's targeted to help our most vulnerable. Gives a direct role to citizens. Could help restore some of our battered national esteem. Puts the financial burden on those most able to pay. Should be straightforward to administer.

by Cliffcotterill on December 15, 2014 at 05:09PM

Current Rating

Average score : 3.0
Based on : 3 votes


  • Posted by Icthusreader December 15, 2014 at 17:40

    I have come to love my adopted city and I have been saddened by the negative publicity the city has received. Time for change and for all political parties to work together even more than we are assured they have done in the past. I support the voluntary tax for those who can afford to do this in support of services for young people and children in this great city.
  • Posted by Brummie38 December 16, 2014 at 06:33

    It feels uncomfortable our child protection service relying on voluntary donations, but I guess with the scale of national government cuts to Birmingham there are limited choices.

    I wonder whether this kind of "crowd sourcing" might be best targeted at very specific examples - eg could this be a campaign to give each disabled child in the city a week's supported holiday (and their carers a week's respite), freeing up tax funding to pay social worker salaries???
  • Posted by APublicServant December 17, 2014 at 13:26

    I like the idea of very specific causes as Brummie38 describes as this would resonate better with me as a potential doner and also helps to remove the issue of trust, i.e. the city council will just swallow up the donation to prop up their budget or inefficiencies etc..
  • Posted by FayeWS January 04, 2015 at 19:31

    The Service Director - Integrated Services and Care is currently on a salary of £105,300 - £117,000 according to BCC Pay Policy Statement 2014/15. The service does not need any more money if they can afford that sort of wage!

    I object to my council tax being paid to support such fantastically high salaries, let alone a supplement which would very probably be used to supplement senior managment pay, not employ any social worker. No-one should be paid that much.
Log in or register to add comments and rate ideas