Media Watch – April 9

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Blow for drivers in bus lane fine refund battle (Birmingham Mail) There is still little prospect of thousands of wrongly fined motorists getting a refund after driving in poorly signposted Birmingham bus lanes, it has been revealed. Birmingham bedroom tax subsidy ‘may run out in 2015′ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham […]

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Lord Mayor backs Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in US

By on 08/04/2014 in Culture, News with 0 Comments

This week Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) will achieve an international first when the ensemble gives two concerts in Washington DC as part of BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen's residency at the prestigious US Library of Congress.   The concerts will showcase Birmingham's culture and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, and the Lady […]

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Birmingham’s St George’s Day celebrations

By on 08/04/2014 in Culture, Deputy Leader, News with 0 Comments

Expect to see St George and his Dragon along with Morris Dancers, knights, musicians and a mini farm as Birmingham celebrates St George's Day on Saturday 19 April from 11am - 5pm in Victoria and Chamberlain Squares. In Victoria Square there will be live music from 'Like a Rolling Stone', one of the UK's premier […]

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Media Watch – April 8

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Join together for more cash - Miliband (Birmingham Mail) A West Midlands or 'Greater Birmingham' local authority would be eligible to bid for a share of £20 billion, Ed Miliband is to announce today in Birmingham 'Clean it Up' campaign tackling dog fouling (BBC WM) Officer Vikki Allwood interviewed about […]

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This week’s council meetings: April 7-11

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Click on the link below for details of this week’s Birmingham City Council meetings. To view meeting webcasts go to:

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New campaign urges dog owners to Clean It Up

By on 07/04/2014 in News with 1 Comment

Birmingham City Council is launching a new tactic in the fight against dog fouling this week, to encourage dog owners to take more responsibility for their pets. The high visibility tactic will see messages stencilled in luminous paint onto paths in persistent dog fouling hotspots telling owners to Clean It Up and advising that they […]

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Media Watch – April 7

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Teacher’s £110k for breaking up brawl (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham teacher won a £110,000 payout after being injured breaking up a playground fight. Councillors demand briefing into Trojan Horse allegations (Birmingham Mail) Backbench councillors have demanded a full briefing over allegations religious extremists are plotting to take over Birmingham schools. […]

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New agency finding homes for families

By on 04/04/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

A groundbreaking new agency aiming to cut Birmingham’s housing list by working more closely with private landlords is starting to make its mark. Launched in January as a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Omega Lettings Ltd, Let to Birmingham aims to match up homeless households with good quality privately rented homes. The agency is the […]

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Response to domestic violence article

By on 04/04/2014 in Blog, Cllr McKay with 1 Comment

The following is a response to an item in today’s Birmingham Mail: “Our 'holy cows' are own worst enemies”   There is only one point that we can agree with Maureen Messent on in her recent article: domestic violence and battering is indeed a cowardly crime. The rest of the article features the age-old victim-blaming […]

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Living Wage to support more low-income families

By on 04/04/2014 in Deputy Leader, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council is set to become the first local authority nationally to pay the Living Wage to externally-contracted care sector workers from October of this year. The news comes in the same week that the Living Wage was extended by the council to cover agency staff, ensuring more employees than ever are now getting […]

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