Future Waste Strategy – consultation clarification

Media reports today are suggesting citizens could be asked to consider the concept of fortnightly waste collections when consultation on the city’s Future Waste Strategy starts next month. The city council would like to clarify its position as follows: – The grant awarded to the council in 2012 by the Government that helped introduce wheelie […]

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REBUTTAL – recycling rates for Birmingham

An article in today’s Birmingham Mail suggests that Birmingham’s 2014/15 recycling rate was the “lowest since records began”

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CONTEST meetings – clarification

Reports relating to the fact that no formal CONTEST board meetings have been staged in this municipal year are running in the media today. The city council’s full response to the reports about CONTEST  (a group which looks at counter-terrorism measures) is as follows: A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Regrettably, the Contest Board has […]

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Wheelie bin delivery – clarification

Media reports today are covering the fact that a Cornish-based company are assisting with the roll-out of wheelie bins across Birmingham

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Rebuttal on cost of funerals and burials

By on 13/08/2015 in News, Rebuttals with 2 Comments

A number of media articles and items have appeared over the last few days based the alleged cost of funerals and burials in 15 UK towns and cities.

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Food waste in Birmingham

Cllr Lisa Trickett has responded to campaigners calling for food waste recycling to be introduced in the city

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“Buskers ban”: a clarification

By on 05/06/2015 in News, Rebuttals with 0 Comments

Use of amplification by buskers, street entertainers and speakers An item broadcast on BBC Radio WM earlier today (5 June 2015) referred to a ban on ALL amplified noise in the city centre when in actual fact the city council is consulting on the possible introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order to reduce noise […]

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Correction: Child sexual exploitation report

By on 18/03/2015 in News, Rebuttals with 0 Comments

A report in today’s Birmingham Mail (March 18) inaccurately claims that ‘almost 500 children in Birmingham and the West Midlands have been identified as victims of sexual exploitation in just six months’. The report is based on an assessment into the extent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the West Midlands is published today to […]

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Wheelie bin assessments – the facts

By on 11/02/2015 in Rebuttals with 0 Comments

A number of recent media articles have suggested that online street view maps are the only informaton source used by the council to assess if properties are suitable for wheelie bins or not. This is misleading – as all streets have been visited in person by city council officers. The following is a statement on […]

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Matrix SCM care package micro-procurement system – a clarification

By on 10/02/2015 in Rebuttals with 0 Comments

There have been numerous reports in both the regional and national media this week about Birmingham City Council’s contract with Matrix SCM regarding care packages being sent out electronically to care providers. In particular, the reports have focused on the idea that elderly and disabled people’s care requirements are being ‘put up for auction’ on […]

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