Birmingham is participating in the Cities for Active Inclusion network through the Regional, European and International Division (REID). REID is responsible for Birmingham’s international partner relations, co-ordination of EUROCITIES work, advising on European funding, and managing relations with major English cities known as the Core Cities. While Birmingham's role in the network is being co-ordinated by REID, a significant part of this work in this phase will involve the Adults and Communities Directorate of the Council as Birmingham is researching active inclusion by looking at “quality social services”, in particular highlighting Birmingham's work to develop the social care workforce and employment opportunities.
With a population of over one million, Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and supports a range of nationalities and cultures. The city has the youngest profile of any major European city with 37% of residents under 25. With a history of welcoming migrants, by 2024 the city is forecast to have no single majority ethnic group – a global city with a local heart. In the current economic climate, the “Succeed Economically” outcome of the Council Plan, sees that the Council’s immediate priorities are to ensure a cross- city, multi-agency approach to reducing poverty by helping vulnerable people benefit from, education, training, jobs and investment.
Jennifer Crisp - Regional, European and International Division
T: +44 (0)121 303 3490