Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Rosenheath care home closure (BBC WM) The owner of a Kings Norton care home has offered to take in 15 of 24 service users who are set to be displaced when Rosenheath Care Home closes later this week. The council is quoted as saying the re-homing process will be opened up to all homes across the city to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved. Commissioning Manager Jules Gregory interviewed.
Big Hoot project (BBC WM) 25,000 schoolchildren from across the city have played a part in designing some of the 100 owls that are set to be placed across the city as part of a public art project to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Elderly win bins battle with council (Birmingham Mail) Two residents have been backed by the Local Government Ombudsman and local councillor Jon Hunt in their efforts to reverse the council’s assessment that their homes were suitable for wheelie bins. Cabinet Member Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted as saying the council accepted the findings (which relate to two properties from a roll-out covering more than 100,000 properties).
City council fails to meet more than half its targets (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the recent report to the council’s Cabinet that shows 38 per cent of performance targets were met in 2014/15. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted as saying most targets were deliberately applied to challenge children’s services, which have traditionally struggled. Opposition Leader Cllr Robert Alden said the direction of travel for the overall suite of performance figures was “very concerning”.
11,000 illegal cigarettes seized (Birmingham Mail) The council’s Trading Standards team has worked with West Midlands Police on a series of raids across the city. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.
Childhood obesity scheme success (Big Centre TV, Birmingham Mail online) Health experts have issued their top seven tips to stop Birmingham children from becoming obese. To mark Childhood Obesity Week, which runs until Sunday, nurseries, pre-schools and children’s centres are being urged to sign up to a ground-breaking initiative (Startwell) to tackle the issue. Cllr Paulette Hamilton interviewed.
A man mistakenly released from HMP Birmingham went for a drink at a nearby pub before handing himself back in, it has emerged.
Antony Jenkins, the chief executive of Barclays, has been fired after falling out with the board over the size of the investment bank and the pace of cost cutting.
George Osborne will slow the pace of planned welfare cuts when he presents his Budget, it is understood. The chancellor is expected to take three years instead of two to reach his £12bn target. Measures restricting tax credits for families with more than two children are anticipated.
Vulnerable young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are aged 25, the government’s children’s commissioner for England has said. A survey of nearly 3,000 children and young adults found nearly a third had felt forced to fend for themselves too early, Anne Longfield said.