Archive for May, 2015

Media Watch – May 29

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Students claim language centre ‘is being run down’ (Birmingham Mail) Students from a world-renowned language centre – which Birmingham City Council claims is based in an ‘unviable’ building – say it is being deliberately run down. Quotes council spokeswoman explaining that adult education is funded by central government through the […]

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Media Watch – May 28

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories “Coasting” schools to face Academy conversion? (BBC WM) Cllr Brigid Jones interviewed after proposals designed to improve schools were announced in the Queen’s Speech. Cllr Jones said the plans were overly simplistic, adding that standards had worsened at one in three schools turned into Academies in Birmingham. £13bn cost to […]

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Youth unemployment continues to fall in Birmingham

By on 27/05/2015 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

Unemployment among 18 to 25-year-olds in Birmingham is continuing to fall, new figures have revealed. The latest figures show that the youth unemployment rate in the city currently stands at 9.1 per cent – down from 12.4 per cent in April 2014. This comes just months after Birmingham City Council gave the formal go-ahead to […]

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Combined Authority – Queen’s speech response

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Speaking on behalf of the West Midlands Authorities exploring options for a Combined Authority, the leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper, said…

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Ring Road improvement works move forward

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The next phase of a works programme designed to improve traffic flow and  boost safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Birmingham’s Ring Road is due to start next week. Contractors are set to begin construction operations at Bordesley Circus and Curzon Circle on June 1. The works are part of a £14.05 million programme of […]

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Media Watch – May 27

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Chinese investment in Birmingham? (BBC WM) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed about potential future investment in the city, after a visit by a delegation yesterday.

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Birmingham Youth Champion announced

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Birmingham City Council has announced its first ever Youth Champion to make sure young people in the city have their voices heard. The councillor taking up the role will be named shortly, with their responsibilities being to listen to and engage with young people on a wide range of issues. Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member […]

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Factsheet: Food hygiene inspections and ratings

By on 26/05/2015 in Factsheets, News with 0 Comments

Bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants – in fact any premises serving food – in Birmingham are routinely inspected by our environmental health officers to ensure they comply with food hygiene and safety laws and regulations. These inform the food hygiene ratings published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and displayed by premises. This factsheet sets […]

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Media Watch – May 26

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Exploitation report up for two awards (Birmingham Mail, Monday) A Birmingham City Council committee inquiry into child sexual exploitation in the city has been shortlisted for two national awards. The report, ‘We Need To Get It Right’, is up for two Centre for Public Scrutiny Awards. Quotes Cllr Anita Ward […]

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Man sentenced for selling devices enabling illegal games to be played

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A Birmingham man has today (May 22) been sentenced by magistrates for selling devices enabling Nintendo DS consoles to play downloaded counterfeit computer games. Graham Gibbs, 46, of Coventry Road, has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work after admitting 11 […]

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