Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Forget open services and ‘creative chaos’ – here’s how we need to change (Guardian) Many councils have at least one eye fixed on what the next spending review is likely to have in store for them. In the past few weeks, Birmingham city council has announced the scale of the challenge it will face in the search for a further 17% of savings. Sir Albert Bore is right to infer that councils might need to consider what is core council work and what isn’t.
64 ‘spy’ cameras used for doomed Project Champion to be destroyed costing £300k (Birmingham Mail) The 64 covert cameras – put up without public consultation – will be destroyed at a cost of £300,000 because they are not “economically or technically viable for redeployment”.
Anger at £1m youth bill cut (Birmingham Mail) Head teachers have been accused of leaving city children in the lurch after cutting £1 million from the council’s youth services budget.
Chance to quiz the council (Birmingham Mail) Residents are being urged to submit questions for City Council leaders ahead of next Tuesday’s full council meeting.
Smoke free bid by 15,000 in Midlands (Birmingham Mail) More than 15,000 smokers in the West Midlands joined in with a national stop smoking campaign (Stoptober), figures have revealed. Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “As a former smoker myself, I fully understand the vice-like grip this habit has on people. That’s why initiatives like Stoptober are so important.”
Fire station plan without ‘tombstone’ resurrected (Birmingham Mail) New proposals for the rebirth of Birmingham’s former Central Fire Station as an urban village to house students have been resubmitted to Birmingham City Council – replacing previous plans dubbed ‘the tombstone’
Aspirational homes ‘needed’ to deter escape to country (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham needs to build bigger, more ‘aspirational’ homes to stem the flow of families moving out to the country in search of a better life, councillors claimed.
Tax on £1m homes say Lib Dems (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour councillors have been accused of failing to protect low earners after they rejected a call for higher council tax bands for the city’s wealthiest residents.
Warning over tunnel closure plans (BBC) Business leaders in Birmingham warn that closing the Queensway tunnels for six weeks will add to congestion problems.
Birmingham City Council launches consultation over management of Highbury Hall (Third Sector) Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation into setting up a body to manage Highbury, a charity that it has been criticised for mismanagement.
Local apprentices building future at Birmingham projects (West Midlands Housing News) Two local youngsters are building their careers in bricklaying and carpentry after landing apprenticeship roles with Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) and housing developer Keepmoat.
Half-day closing: Parents’ fury at plans to shut school at lunchtime on Fridays
Furious parents at Cottesbrooke Junior School in Birmingham say they now face paying for childcare or taking time off work to look after their youngsters.
School GCSE marks ‘too generous’
Too much pressure on schools in England to get good GCSE grades led to over-generous marking of course work by teachers, the exams watchdog Ofqual concludes.
Two held over prison officer murder
Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.