Media Watch – Feb 20

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Surely I have the right to light… (Birmingham Mail) A woman has complained to the Local Government Ombudsman after houses were built near her home Council in talks to save Capita print base and jobs (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is to open talks with one of its major contractors […]

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Future vision for Botanical Gardens area

By on 19/02/2014 in Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

A strategy setting out a vision for the future of the area surrounding the Botanical Gardens has been published for consultation. The Wider Botanical Gardens Area Framework will go out to public consultation today, Wednesday 19 February. The aim of the document is to encourage ongoing investment while maintaining the area's historic and natural assets. The […]

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Binge drinking, peer pressure and Neknominate

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Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser looks at the online drinking craze NekNominate and reflects on wider problems associated with alcohol misuse. I'm very aware that in my role as Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, it's very easy to come across as a killjoy. “Eat this…not that. Drink less…exercise more.” It […]

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Media Watch – Feb 19

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories U-turn over benefits tips (Birmingham Mail) Red-faced council managers have admitted they made a mistake in ordering neighbourhood office staff not to give face-to-face benefit and council tax advice. Birmingham Year Of Science aims to showcase the city as a UK science hub (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is set to become […]

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Rogue trader siblings who targeted the vulnerable jailed

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Two brothers have been jailed for almost eight years, in total, for making false claims about a home improvement service where vulnerable people paid for shoddy and unnecessary work. Sam Smith (31) was sentenced to five years and four months and Michael Smith (40) was sentenced to two years and seven months. Both pleaded guilty […]

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Council agrees new confidential waste contract

By on 18/02/2014 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

Following a six-month tender process, Birmingham City Council has appointed a company to manage its confidential shredding requirements for the next four years. Printwaste Recycling & Shredding is now working with the council to help provide and improve its confidential waste destruction with the potential to service 65 sites across Birmingham, as well as supporting […]

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Lord Coe report hails Be Active

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Birmingham's award winning Be Active scheme was singled out in a major report by Olympic chief Lord Coe as he launched a campaign to get the UK more physically active. The scheme, offering free access to a wide range of physical activities across Birmingham, was singled out as an example of best practice in the […]

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Media Watch – Feb 18

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Loop site moves on (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet members have agreed to form a company which will hire a developer to deliver 1,000 homes on the Icknield Port Loop site in Ladywood. Tenants hit by 5.8 per cent council house rent hike (Birmingham Mail) The city's 60,000 council tenants face a […]

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Green recycling collections set to start

By on 17/02/2014 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

Green fingered residents are being reminded collection rounds for Birmingham's new chargeable green recycling service begin next week (February 24). The service will run for a 40-week growing season - giving householders an easy and convenient way of disposing of the grass cuttings and other garden clippings. Collections are to be made on a fortnightly […]

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Media Watch – Feb 17

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Contractor reveals 700 jobs created through council deal (Birmingham Mail) Service Birmingham has announced that it has delivered on a pledge to create at least 720 jobs by 2013. SB's Stewart Wren and council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes both quoted. From the cradle to the grave (Birmingham Mail) Feature on […]

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