The Government-appointed expert panel overseeing Birmingham City Council's efforts to improve its performance is inviting residents to a public meeting next month.

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel has so far been unimpressed with the performance of council leader Sir Albert Bore and earlier this summer said he had been slow to make changes demanded.

Council bosses were urged to make sweeping changes following last year's report by Government troubleshooter Lord Bob Kerslake who found a "dysfunctional" organisation which was holding the city back.

In particular, it was not found to work well with other outside organisations, preferring to dictate rather than act in partnership.

Significant management changes were also demanded and an improvement in political leadership.

Labour leader Sir Albert and chief executive Mark Rogers will be issuing an update on progress ahead of the meeting on September 11 and are under increasing pressure to prove they are able to deliver results sooner rather than later.

The panel is due to report to Local Government Secretary Greg Clark this autumn and, if not convinced improvement is being made, he may consider further direct intervention.

Panel chairman John Crabtree OBE, a senior Birmingham businessman and chairman of the Hippodrome Theatre, said: "At the first public meeting in June, the panel and members of the public present asked the leadership of the city council some challenging questions about progress.

"The public meeting in September will be an opportunity for the council to demonstrate that it is on track with the key changes needed and to provide an update on its plans to listen more closely and respond to the views and aspirations of its residents.

"I very much hope that anyone interested in the future of the city of Birmingham will take the opportunity to find out more and question the city's leaders by attending in person or via webcast."

The meeting is at the Council House in Victoria Square between midday and 2pm.

It will also be broadcast on the city council's website.

The event is free but people are urged to register in advance at