New and fairer system for early years services in Birmingham

By on 19/06/2017 in News with 0 Comments

“To give every child in Birmingham an equal chance to have the best start in life so they can achieve their full potential.” Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on a new and fairer system for providing early years services for children and families in the city. The new system – to be delivered […]

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Birmingham to name Stella Manzie as Interim Chief Executive

By on 20/03/2017 in Cllr Clancy, News with 0 Comments

Stella Manzie is set to be appointed Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council.  A vastly experienced public servant, Ms Manzie has been chief executive at four major local authorities, was appointed to the Board of Her Majesty’s Treasury to contribute expertise about public service delivery and is a former senior civil servant with the […]

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How apprenticeships can take you anywhere

Councillor Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills, talks about the importance of apprenticeships ahead of addressing a national apprenticeship event in Birmingham   National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect time to highlight our continual drive to retain talent within Birmingham. We want to strengthen our local economy by ensuring we have the right […]

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After listening to citizens, Birmingham City Council to set 2017/18 budget

Following one of the largest pieces of consultation Birmingham City Council has completed, the 2017/18 proposed budget will be taken to Cabinet on 14th February. The consultation saw over 3,000 people respond and around 100,000 people engaged with during the activity to seek views on the proposals. Following this consultation a number of changes have […]

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Final independent financial review report on 2017/18 savings

The second and final report from the LGA-co-ordinated independent financial review team is now available. Commissioned jointly by Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Improvement Panel, the review looks at the way the city council has developed its 2017/18 savings proposals. The first stage of the review took place in mid-December 2016, with the report […]

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Response to Ofsted full inspection of children’s social care

By on 25/11/2016 in Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Response to the Ofsted full inspection of Birmingham children’s social care The publication of the Ofsted report confirms that the overall rating is ‘inadequate’ as we previously acknowledged we would be at this stage in our improvement journey, but we remain on track in terms of progress made. The report confirms significant progress; indeed, some […]

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Gritting alert – 7 November

By on 07/11/2016 in News, Winter Alerts with 0 Comments

With cold temperatures forecast, our gritting crews will be out on the roads from 7pm tonight and footways from 4am. Please take care if you’re out and about. Winter maintenance and FAQs Regional Gritting Information #wmgrit The panel below brings together gritting alerts from local authorities across the West Midlands. You can also get this information […]

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Average speed enforcement (ASE) camera project

By on 13/06/2016 in Cllr Stacey, News with 0 Comments

UPDATE: Please note that the cameras went live on August 8 – find out why here.  New ASE cameras will be installed and switched on in Birmingham and Solihull on July 18, it has been confirmed. A plan to reintroduce camera speed enforcement on the roads of Birmingham and Solihull was formally agreed late last […]

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Finding new ways to invest in arts and culture

By on 04/04/2016 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Birmingham is launching a Cultural Investment Inquiry to look at new ways of investing in the arts and culture sector. Working together, the partners (including Aston Business School, Birmingham City Council, Culture Central, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Arts Council England) will draw heavily on the commercial and analytical skills of the city’s business […]

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Library of Birmingham is a global hit

By on 23/02/2016 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

  Visitors from around the globe have been singing the praises of the Library of Birmingham. Simply click on the map above to see what people think. Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for learning, skills and culture, said: “Since the Library of Birmingham opened it has been attracting visitors from within the city, around the UK […]

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Greater Icknield transformation vision

By on 22/02/2016 in Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

A vision for the sustainable transformation of the area between the City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir has been approved. The Greater Icknield Masterplan provides guidance on how over 60 hectares bordering the west side of the city centre can be developed. It is the largest brownfield housing-led redevelopment proposal in Birmingham, with the potential to […]

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Gritters ready to go as winter service starts

By on 30/09/2015 in News, Winter Alerts with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council’s highways partner, Amey, launch the city’s winter maintenance service tomorrow (Thursday 1st October) with gritter drivers ready and waiting for the first cold snap of the season. In the five winters since Amey started delivering the service in 2010, the fleet of 25 gritters have travelled 212,000 miles spreading salt on the […]

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Birmingham – our city transformed

By on 28/09/2015 in Blog, Leader, News with 0 Comments

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, reflects on the renaissance of Birmingham and what it means for the future of the city. Birmingham has just seen two major milestones in the ongoing transformation of the city, with the opening of New Street station and Grand Central. But when talking about transformation, ‘ongoing’ is […]

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Final countdown to Birmingham New Street station’s big unveil

By on 18/09/2015 in Leader, News with 0 Comments

Final countdown to Birmingham New Street station’s big unveil Network Rail today (18 September) entered the final countdown to opening Birmingham New Street station after a five-year, £750m transformation. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse – five times the size of London Euston’s – the station, which opens its doors to […]

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Why partnerships are essential for the Library of Birmingham

Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, talks about why partnerships are essential for the Library of Birmingham. First of all, let’s deal with the obvious: this year’s cuts to the Library of Birmingham’s opening hours have been hugely controversial and difficult. It is an extraordinary, iconic building and service that’s helped […]

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Birmingham Curzon takes major step forward

By on 20/07/2015 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan is set to be adopted by the city council at its cabinet meeting on the 27 July. The masterplan, which was launched for public consultation in 2014, sets out proposals to deliver a world class integrated city centre terminus station – Birmingham Curzon – along with major regeneration across Eastside, […]

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Sutton Town Council consultative ballot – Yes vote

By on 17/07/2015 in News with 1 Comment

The Sutton Town Council consultative ballot, which forms part of a wider consultation, closed at 3pm on Thursday 16 July 2015. In answer to the question – Should a Town Council be established for the Parliamentary constituency of Sutton Coldfield with the City of Birmingham?  – close to 70% of the vote was in favour […]

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Election 2015 – candidates lists

By on 09/04/2015 in Elections, News with 0 Comments

The list of candidates contesting Birmingham’s ten parliamentary constituencies and 41 city council seats at the 2015 elections on Thursday 7 May

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Pupils join fight against underage alcohol and tobacco sales

By on 03/03/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council is turning to the city’s schools for reinforcements in the battle against underage alcohol and tobacco sales. Trading Standards and Public Health officials are supporting the Trading Standards Institute’s ‘Create a Campaign’competition, which calls on teams of young people aged 12-15 to get creative in the fight against underage sales. The ‘Create […]

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Hajj travel firm and director ordered to pay £71,417

By on 19/07/2017 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

A Small Heath travel firm offering Hajj and Umrah trips and its director have been ordered to pay £71,417 after admitting it had misled customers, at Birmingham Crown Court today (19 July 2017) Birmingham City Council successfully prosecuted Holy Makkah Tours Limited – which also traded as MB Travels and Euro Bangla – following an […]

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Encampments banned from city parks for two years

By on 18/07/2017 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council has successfully gained two injunctions banning encampments from moving onto four city parks and recreation grounds until July 2019. A High Court judge issued the injunctions – covering Perry Park and Alexander Stadium, and Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recreation Ground and Hazelwell Park, in Stirchley – yesterday (17 July 2017). The ruling […]

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Green Flag success for Birmingham parks and crematoria

It’s official – Birmingham has 17 of Britain’s best green spaces. Kings Norton Park wins Green Flag status for the first time this year, while 14 other Birmingham parks have retained theirs. Sutton Coldfield Crematorium and Kings Norton Cemetery have also retained their Green Flag status. The accolade, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and […]

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Birmingham Children’s Trust takes next step forward

By on 18/07/2017 in News with 0 Comments

A report setting out which services will be transferred to Birmingham Children’s Trust is to go to the city council’s cabinet. The trust is currently in a ‘shadow’ period in order to test governance arrangements with the council, prior to full transition in April 2018. It will operate as a wholly-owned company. As well as […]

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Library of Birmingham to set up partnership with The REP

By on 17/07/2017 in Deputy Leader, News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

A report outlining plans for the Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) to develop a commercial partnership is set to be approved by Cabinet next week (Tuesday, 25 July 2017). This arrangement, which is due to come into effect in October 2017, would see two of the city’s leading cultural assets […]

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Travel agents targeted in Hajj fraud operation

By on 14/07/2017 in News with 0 Comments

Trading Standards officers and the City Of London Police have visited travel agents across Birmingham that were identified as potentially selling unlicensed package tours to Mecca. Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team, working with City of London Police as part of a national initiative to combat Hajj fraud, visited 12 businesses yesterday (13 July 2017). […]

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Connecting Stories opens tomorrow at Library of Birmingham

By on 14/07/2017 in News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

The Library of Birmingham and the British Library are delighted to announce that Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage, opens tomorrow (Saturday 15 July). This exhibition and community project celebrates the important role South Asian culture has played in forming Britain and Birmingham’s history and identity. The archive material in the exhibition will focus on the […]

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The Library of Birmingham is officially first class

By on 14/07/2017 in Deputy Leader, News with 0 Comments

LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM INCLUDED IN SPECIAL STAMP SET ISSUED BY ROYAL MAIL TO CELEBRATE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN THE UK The Library of Birmingham has been included in a set of new Special Stamps issued today (14 July 2017) by Royal Mail that celebrate 10 iconic buildings in the UK. Designed by Francine Houben, of the Dutch […]

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Birmingham ‘Rights Rangers’ promoting children’s rights

By on 13/07/2017 in Cllr Jones, News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Children across Birmingham schools have been learning all about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – and how they can embed these values in their daily school lives. Working with Unicef, schools are working towards the Rights Respecting School award. So far 191 schools have received training, with 116 achieving their Recognition […]

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