Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Fears over ‘outsourcing’ plan for children’s home after damning reports (Birmingham Post) Two Ofsted reports into un-named children’s homes in Birmingham have rated one as inadequate, with the other requiring improvement. Only the one rated as requiring improvement has placements from Birmingham City Council. Cllr Matt Bennett quoted.
Regional authority is hailed by business groups (Birmingham Post) The leaders of Chambers of Commerce covering the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and Greater Birmingham have added their formal support to the emerging plans for a West Midlands Combined Authority.
Printing unit move puts 35 jobs at risk (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Capita Document and Information Services unit based in Erdington is set to move to Mansfield, leading to condemnation from local MP Jack Dromey. Up to 22 workers will be offered the chance to relocate, while others could be offered other roles within Capita according to a spokesperson for the organisation – who added the business was moving due to growth and to meet client demand, with the Mansfield site a state-of-the-art facility.
Height fears spark rethink call over £15m tower plan (Birmingham Post) Cllr Fiona Williams, chair of the council’s heritage and conservation panel has urged officers to find a way to cut a proposed 15-storey tower down to prevent it overshadowing other properties. The tower, if approved, would be a student block next to the historic Christopher Wray building in Bartholomew Row.
New plea for Birmingham ambassadors (Birmingham Post) Proud Brummies are being sought to become the faces of the city when people visit the city for a series of events in September including the Rugby World Cup and the opening of Grand Central/John Lewis. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.
Victims of sex attacker start legal action (Birmingham Post and Heart FM) Continued coverage of the legal action being taken by people taught by former PE teacher Marcus Marcussen, who taught at a now-closed city school between the 1950s and 1970s.
Landmark birthday for ex-Lord Mayor ‘Fighting Freda’ (Birmingham Post) Freda Cocks, who welcomed the Queen to Birmingham during her 1977 Silver Jubilee tour has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Former council boss claimed £15,300 for 3 speeches in Lords (Birmingham Post) Article examining Lord Whitby of Harborne’s expense claims. Lord Whitby quoted as saying much of his speaking with ministers is off the record and that most money went on hotel costs as he does not have a London residence.
Culture chief: Key deals vital to future of library (Birmingham Post) Cllr Penny Holbrook has commented on recent deals with Google and the Brasshouse Language Centre, saying they are crucial to keeping the venue’s doors open as long as possible every day.
Library tourist information office forced to close (Birmingham Post) The service at the Library of Birmingham has been closed. A council spokesperson quoted as explaining there is an increasing trend for people to obtain information from other sources and the council was looking at how it could work with transport operators and attractions in the future to ensure accurate information is available to visitors.
A new report from the Office for National Statistics suggests that the economic output of the West Midlands urban area is lower than the national average.
Australian PM Tony Abbott has said the “baffling mystery” of Flight MH370 is closer to being solved, after Malaysia announced that a fragment found in Reunion was part of the missing plane.
A donor withdrew a £3m offer to charity Kids Company (which closed yesterday) after learning Scotland Yard’s child abuse unit was investigating the charity, its founder has said.
Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.