A former city councillor has lost his job as the manager of a major Birmingham community organisation after a year in the role.
Mick Rice, who was the Labour councillor for Sparkbrook before he lost his seat in 2004, will leave his post with the Birmingham Association of Neighbourhood Forums at the end of August.
The decision to terminate Mr Rice's 12-month contract was taken last Friday by the management committee of BANF, which has about 70 per cent community coverage in Birmingham.
The £30,000-year post is one of about half a dozen paid positions at BANF, which received just under £200,000 funding from Birmingham City Council over the last 12 months
Mr Rice would not comment on the termination of his contract, saying only: "I have not been authorised to speak to you by my employers. Sorry."
However, a BANF spokesman said: "The BANF management committee has decided not to issue the manager of BANF, Mick Rice, with a further contract following the completion of his current 12-month fixed term contract on August 31 2005."
BANF recently elected a new management committee, which is understood to be concerned at the lack of progress made by the organisation since Mr Rice took up his position.
The body is made up of 75 community groups and is expected to have increased power as the city council moves towards devolved decision-making.
The management committee is elected by two delegates from each neighbourhood forum.
Mr Rice was a former cabinet member for local services and community safety before he lost his seat on the council.