Top Birmingham City Council stories
Council hid Asian cabbiesâ€™ child sex links for 23 years (Birmingham Mail): Details a report prepared by Dr Jill Jesson in 1991, who claims the council didnâ€™t want to acknowledge its findings. Peter Hay dismissed the claims, saying the report was published in full.
High Court judge orders two men to stay away from girls (Birmingham Mail): Coverage of the â€˜innovativeâ€™ case brought by Birmingham City Council to protect vulnerable children from potential sexual exploitation.
Report shows failures to protect kids from sexual exploitation (Birmingham Mail): Story on Birmingham Childrenâ€™s Safeguarding Board report, published in September 2013, which stated that partnership arrangements are failing to protect children in the city from sexual exploitation.
Chiefâ€™s outburst over child services (Birmingham Mail): Story on Cllr Brigid Jonesâ€™ response after constant questioning by Conservative leader Cllr Robert Alden, who suggested childrenâ€™s services were getting worse rather than improving. Cllr Jones quoted.
Ofsted chief calls for more urgency over Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail): Report on Sir Michael Wilshawâ€™s comments that heâ€™s astonished that the councilâ€™s action plan is not yet in place and that â€œgreater urgencyâ€ is needed to deal with these issues in Birmingham.
Green light for 20mph zones (Birmingham Mail): City leaders approve 20mph zones in Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkhill, Balsall Heath, and Sparkbrook from March 2015. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.
Parking fees and congestion charging for Birmingham â€˜highly unlikelyâ€™ says city cabinet member (Birmingham Post online): A councilÂ cabinet member has privately admitted that the introduction ofÂ workplace parking fees or congestion chargingÂ is “highly unlikely” and would be political suicide for any administration.
Rugby World Cup 2015 to boost Birmingham by Â£56m (BBC WM and Birmingham Post online): Story based on figures released by Visit Birmingham show how the cityâ€™s economy will be boosted by hosting two matches and three teams in next yearâ€™s Rugby World Cup.
Neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid, 51, has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of nine indecent assaults against female patients at two Birmingham hospitals.
West Midlands Police has announced 27 of its 41 front desks are to close across the force area, putting about 90 jobs at risk.
Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse because of failings by councils, Ofsted has warned in a new report.
Performance data for almost 5,000 surgeons in England is to be released by the NHS in a move towards greater transparency.