Nanny state or just good public health?

By on 18/09/2013 in Blog with 0 Comments

Birmingham Public Health's Consultant Dietician and Senior Manager for Healthy Eating and Activity, Linda Hindle, reflects on reactions to the Junk-free Checkouts campaign. You’re not really a fully paid up member of the public health community until you’ve been accused of nanny-state-ism. The simple fact is that trying to encourage healthy behaviour changes seems to […]

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Media Watch – Sept 18

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: 1,500 apprentices appointed in city (Birmingham Mail) More than 1500 apprentices have been created in Birmingham following the introduction of a fund to tackle youth unemployment. Cllr Mike Ward quoted. Council to bring in new orders to clear dog mess (Birmingham Mail) The council is carrying out a full public […]

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Media Watch – Sept 17

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Junk Free Checkouts campaign (R5Live, BBC WM, Free Radio, BBC Breakfast) Public Health Birmingham’s Linda Hindle interviewed about the fight to ban unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts. Fear that veils debate may trigger ‘Islamophobia’ (Birmingham Mail) £10m cash for city towpaths (Waterways World) Plans to extend towpaths as part of […]

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Media Watch – Sep 16

By on 16/09/2013 in Media Watch with 0 Comments

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Sweets at supermarket tills are 'fuelling obesity crisis' (Independent) Public Health Birmingham’s Linda Hindle leading the fight to ban unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts. Council set to join calls for sky lantern ban after huge fire (Birmingham Mail) Councillors are demanding a ban on Chinese lanterns after a stray one […]

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This week’s council meetings: Sept 16-20

By on 16/09/2013 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 We’re streaming the Cabinet meeting on 16  September here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/113410 We’re streaming the Licensing and Public Protection meeting on 18 September here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/113654 We’re streaming the PlanningCommittee meeting on 19 September here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/113873

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Leading the calls for junk-free checkouts

By on 16/09/2013 in News with 1 Comment

[field name=iframe] A Birmingham healthy eating expert is leading a national campaign calling on supermarkets to permanently remove unhealthy snacks from checkouts. Backed by obesity specialists of the British Dietetic Association and the Children's Food Campaign, the Junk Free Checkouts campaign (www.junkfreecheckouts.org) aims to give shoppers a number of easy ways, both in store and […]

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Allotment rents in Birmingham 2014-17

By on 16/09/2013 in Cllr McKay, News with 2 Comments

The following is a statement from Cllr James McKay on plans to increase allotment rents in Birmingham on a gradual and phased basis over three years between 2014/15 and 2016/17 to ensure the service operates on a break-even basis. Cllr McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “The budget challenge we […]

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Media Watch – Sep 13

By on 13/09/2013 in Media Watch with 0 Comments

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Library welcomes 100,000th visitor through its doors (Birmingham Mail) More than 100,000 people have now used the new Library of Birmingham since it opened. Skills task force to help with JLR expansion plan (Birmingham Mail) A special skills taskforce is being launched to tackle the feared shortage of skilled workers […]

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Council publishes biomass policy

By on 12/09/2013 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

A new policy to control the emissions from biomass in Birmingham is due before the city council’s Cabinet on Monday (September 16). Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “Government's failure to address issues relating to crude, outdated legislation on emissions and clean air means that we need to […]

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AMSCI funding boost for regional economy

By on 12/09/2013 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

A report outlining the progress being made in the delivery of the national Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) by Birmingham City Council acting as the accountable body, goes to Cabinet on Monday 16 September. Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said: “I am very pleased that the team at Birmingham […]

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