£40 million Metro fleet launched

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The first of a £40 million fleet of new Midland Metro trams went into service today (Friday September 5) marking the start a major expansion programme for the light rail system. Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council and Cllr Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Council, officially launched the new trams by cutting a […]

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Meat supplier ordered to pay nearly £20,000 for fake halal labels

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A meat wholesaler and its director have been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court today (5 September) after admitting applying counterfeit halal certification labels to products which were then sold to a Birmingham supplier. Munawar Zaman, director of Bradford-based Zaman Brothers Wholesale Halal Meat Limited, admitted supplying 65 boxes […]

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Cabinet to approve Birmingham Youth Justice Strategic Plan

A plan highlighting Birmingham's achievements in helping prevent children and young people from offending over the past 12 months and setting out its goals for the year ahead is set to be approved by the city council's cabinet. The Birmingham Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2014/15, which sets out how local youth justice services will be […]

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Media Watch – Sept 5

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Anti-terror funding cut by 70 per cent (Birmingham Mail) Vital funding to prevent more Birmingham-born Jihadists emerging has been slashed by almost 70 per cent - despite a confidential police report revealing a 'diversifying' terrorist threat in the city. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokeswoman explaining that the decrease in Prevent […]

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CCTV plan to help police in fight against crime

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Plans to streamline the existing way West Midlands Police accesses Birmingham City Council's CCTV cameras for directed surveillance are due to be discussed by Cabinet on September 15. At present police officers have to go to the council's CCTV control room with a proof of authorisation if they need to monitor cameras as part of […]

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Media Watch – Sept 4

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories City heading for £1.1bn future debt, claims Tories (Birmingham Post) Taxpayers face a £1.1 billion bill because of Birmingham City Council's failure to cut debts, opposition Tories claim.  Quotes Cllr Robert Alden and Cllr Ian Ward. Councillors reject cut in allowances (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's senior councillors have rejected calls from […]

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Media Watch – Sept 3

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Jihadist video was shown to pupils (The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mail, BBC, ITV) Children were shown a violent promotional video for jihadist extremism in the classroom of a Birmingham school, the man who led an inquiry into the alleged Trojan horse plot has said. Birmingham’s […]

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Media Watch – Sept 2

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Free school meals – a health boost (BBC WM) Birmingham Public Health nutritionist Eleanor McGee interviewed about the introduction of free school meals for all 4-7 year olds. Road tunnels reopen after six weeks (BBC) Birmingham city centre’s road tunnels reopen after a six-week summer closure. Veteran Labour city councillor […]

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Greater support for children of prisoners

By on 01/09/2014 in Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council is set to launch a new Champion Scheme this week to support professionals in meeting the needs of children of prisoners. The Champion Launch Event on Wednesday 3 September at the Council House in Victoria Square will examine how children and young people are affected by the imprisonment of close family members […]

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This week’s council meetings: Sept 1-5

By on 01/09/2014 in Meetings/Minutes with 0 Comments

Click on the link below for details of this week’s Birmingham City Council meetings. http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy/Pages/Index.aspx To view meeting webcasts go to: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

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