Consultation Hub

Welcome to Be Heard, Consultation Database for Birmingham's public sector. Accessing this website means you can participate in consultations about local issues that interest you. Using Be Heard means you can make your views known when decisions are being made about things that affect you and the area you live in.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Third Sector Strategy

We asked:
We asked for your comments on the strategy - about the relationship between the role of the third sector and the council, the priorities and the key themes.
You said:
We are analysing your comments and will take forward appropriately.
We did:
Thank you for your comments on the Third Sector Strategy. In view of the council's Future Council Programme we have paused in the development of the strategy; we are reviewing how to progress the strategy to ensure that it is consistent with related elements of this programme. We will provide an update when more is known.

HIV and TB Support Services

We asked:
public opinion on the HIV support services we currently fund and how they might be improved, to help us plan future services. We were interested in finding out what support services for people with TB are needed. We were not looking experiences of medical care for HIV or TB.
You said:
about your experience of these health conditions and also of the services: • 47% of people said they were HIV positive • 33% that they support someone with HIV • 21% of respondents were both HIV positive and support someone with HIV Awareness of the support available for people with HIV was good, with 88% of respondents aware of the services. Just over half had direct experience of using the services and 82% of the people who said they have used the services rated them as good or very good. Several people stated they found accessing services by public transport an issue. However, several people praised the services stating they provide highly valuable, practical and emotional support. People provided their views of how services could be improved, with financial support and better health promotion and awareness campaigns being the most popular themes. There was a smaller response with regard to TB, with only 7% of people responding to the survey reporting that they had TB now or in the past, and 15% that they support someone who has or has had TB. Some respondents were also HIV positive, or supported someone with HIV. Many suggested that people with TB require additional support to get well, including financial advice, support to maintain treatment and more information on TB. It was stated by several respondents that GPs and other healthcare professionals had a general lack of understanding and knowledge of TB and they felt there was a reluctance to assist and information was limited.Concerns over testing and early diagnosis were raised, especially for high risk groups. There were similar comments to those raised for HIV, with financial advice and support ranking highly, together with support to maintain treatment. The need for more information and improved education in schools was also raised, as well as targeted health campaigns in areas of high risk or prevalence.
We did:
All responses have been collated and will be used to influence commissioning of support services for people with HIV and TB. A needs assessment is currently being produced and this document will also support commissioning of HIV and TB support services

Bristol Road South Package Local Safety Scheme - Junction Improvements

We asked:
For your views on the proposed measures for the Bristol Road South Local Safety Scheme - Junction Improvements.
You said:
There was strong support for majority of the proposed measures. A number of requests for additional measures were requested. There was also some objections to some of the proposed measures.
We did:
Following the feedback received during the consultation and any subsequent amendments will be undertaken to the scheme. Following this the consultation feedback and preferred scheme option will be presented within the Full Business Case to be considered by the Chief Officer for approval.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.