Media Watch – Feb 11

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Brum recruits Rotherham’s scandal boss (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM): Report on Howard Woolfenden’s appointment, and his previous role in child protection services in Rotherham, in light of their cabinet resigning last week.  Peter Hay is quoted, saying all necessary checks are carried out before anyone is employed by the […]

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Wheelie bin assessments – the facts

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A number of recent media articles have suggested that online street view maps are the only informaton source used by the council to assess if properties are suitable for wheelie bins or not. This is misleading – as all streets have been visited in person by city council officers. The following is a statement on […]

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Matrix SCM care package micro-procurement system – a clarification

By on 10/02/2015 in Rebuttals with 0 Comments

There have been numerous reports in both the regional and national media this week about Birmingham City Council’s contract with Matrix SCM regarding care packages being sent out electronically to care providers. In particular, the reports have focused on the idea that elderly and disabled people’s care requirements are being ‘put up for auction’ on […]

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Wheelie bin roadshows come to north Birmingham

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Residents in north Birmingham are being invited to a series of Wheelie Bin Roadshow sessions to learn more about upcoming changes to refuse collection in their neighbourhood. Wheelie Bins are being rolled out across the city to meet the number one priority for citizens – cleaner streets – and the third phase, covering Erdington, Perry […]

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Are retailers ready for ban on displaying tobacco products?

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Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement, sets out why city retailers must take heed of changes coming into force in April 2015. From 6 April 2015, when new legislation comes into effect, retailers will have to remove all tobacco products from permanent display. Under The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (England) Regulations 2010 and […]

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Business Plan 2015 – Budget report and resource plan

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A progressive vision featuring better partnership working and more involvement from local communities is needed to help meet the financial challenge ahead, according to the new Birmingham City Council Business Plan. In his foreword to the document, due before Cabinet on February 16, Council Leader Sir Albert Bore says the council has”reached the end of […]

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A fairer deal for children with special educational needs

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A strategy giving children and young adults with special educational needs fairer opportunities is set to be approved by cabinet. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet is being recommended to approve the Special Education Development Plan (SEDP), which covers children and young people up to the age of 25. The SEDP will focus on three key strands: […]

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Media Watch – Feb 10

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Elderly care auctioned in ‘eBay style’ (The Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Birmingham Post, BBC WM) City social services have been accused of removing the ‘humanity’ out of the care home system by using an online eBay-style auction to find places for the elderly. Birmingham council properties receive £58m investment (BBC) […]

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Modern Charter for Local Freedom

By on 09/02/2015 in Leader, News with 0 Comments

Full news release below Sir Albert Bore said: “Today I am proud to put my name to the Modern Charter for Local Freedom, alongside the other Core Cities Leaders and Mayors and other representatives from our cities. “The issue of devolution is vital for our economic and social future and the forthcoming election debate. As […]

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Latest 20 is Plenty proposals due before cabinet

Proposals for the third initial area to showcase widespread 20mph speed limits in Birmingham are due before the city council’s cabinet on February 16. The latest part of the 20 is Plenty project, covering all of the city centre inside the ring road including parts of Ladywood, Nechells and Aston wards, is being developed by […]

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