Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
The Budget – MPS: Brum not getting fair deal (Birmingham Mail) If Chancellor George Osborne wants to make the Midlands an Engine for Growth then he needs to ensure that cities like Birmingham get a fairer deal when it comes to funding cuts. That’s the view of the Birmingham MPs who say that cuts to council and police services are hitting Birmingham, and other big cities, harder than towns and cities in the south.
Experts reveal top tips to halt child obesity levels (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Health experts have issued their top seven tips to stop Birmingham children from becoming obese – as shocking figures reveal the city is home to one of the country’s heaviest five-year-olds. Article talks about the Startwell scheme.
WMCA: It’s time to end region’s funding scandal (Birmingham Post) The true scale of how the West Midlands is unfairly missing out on funding can be revealed. New figures show for every person in the £10, 793 is spent – in greater London it is £11,669 per resident, Greater Manchester £11,277 and Liverpool City Region £12,323.
Birmingham to be a ‘city of sanctuary’ for refugees (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has taken a key step toward becoming an official ‘City of Sanctuary’ offering help to those fleeing persecution and war to start a new life here. Quotes Cllr James McKay and Cllr Matt Bennett.
Council loses wheelie bin battle as pensioners win right to use bags (Birmingham Post) Pensioners have won a wheelie bin battle with Birmingham City Council after taking their complaint to an official watchdog. Quotes Cllr Jon Hunt and Cllr Lisa Trickett.
‘Floozie’ gets a floral makeover as city fails to find leak (Birmingham Post) Work has begun to turn Birmingham’s biggest city centre water fountain into a flowerbed.
Historic baths to reopen as new community hub (Birmingham Post) A historic Birmingham swimming baths, which has been shut for 27 years, is set for a grand reopening. A £4 million project will see the listed Stirchley Baths transformed into a ‘community hub’ when the doors finally open again later this year. Quotes Selly Oak district head Karen Cheney and a council spokeswoman.
Bid for Whitehall cash to tackle roundabout chaos (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s transport chief has pledged action to ease serious congestion at a major roundabout (Bromford Island). Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali and Cllr Majid Mahmood.
Is pedal power coming to ‘Motor City’? (Parking Review) Cyclist-friendly routes are being rolled out across Birmingham while free bikes will be offered in deprived areas. Interview with head of transportation Anne Shaw.
‘Honour crime': 11,000 UK cases recorded in five years – More than 11,000 cases of so-called honour crime were recorded by UK police forces from 2010-14, new figures show.
Staffordshire fire service cuts: Petition – A 3,000-name petition has been handed into Parliament in protest at plans to reorganise Staffordshire’s fire service.
Budget is ‘new contract for country’ – George Osborne rejects criticism of his Budget as being too hard on the poor and businesses, insisting it offers the country a new contract.
Greece debt crisis: Deadline day for new proposals – Greece has until the end of Thursday to present new proposals to secure a third bailout from creditors and prevent a possible exit from the Eurozone.
Transport strikes: Commuters face train and Tube disruption – Commuters in London are facing travel misery with the entire London Underground network shut down by strikes.