Rebuttal on cost of funerals and burials

By on 13/08/2015 in News, Rebuttals with 2 Comments

A number of media articles and items have appeared over the last few days based the alleged cost of funerals and burials in 15 UK towns and cities.

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A-level results: understanding your options

By on 13/08/2015 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook with 0 Comments

Councillor Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture at Birmingham City Council, looks at the options open to those receiving their A-level results today. Today is a hugely important day for thousands of students across Birmingham as they open their eagerly awaited A-level results. Congratulations to those of you who achieved the grades […]

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Chip shop owners ordered to pay £4,540

By on 12/08/2015 in News with 0 Comments

The owners of a city chippy, who pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, were both ordered to pay £2,270 each at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (12 August 2015). Arshad Zaman, 42, and Shafqat Zaman, 30, of Kingswood Road, Moseley, who run Quick Fry Chippy, at 153 Anderton […]

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Library book funding statement

By on 12/08/2015 in Cllr Holbrook, News with 0 Comments

There have been several stories in the media today about funding for books in Birmingham Libraries.  The following is a statement from Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Skills, Learning and Culture, Cllr Penny Holbrook – “As is well documented, we need to make huge savings across the council.  Councils across the country are having […]

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Get online with free Wi-Fi at Bull Ring Markets

By on 12/08/2015 in Cllr Trickett, News, Video News with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s Bull Ring Markets are nearly 850 years old but they are the latest hotspots where people can get free Wi-Fi, which has been installed as part of a city-wide scheme. Birmingham City Council’s project has created free, public Wi-Fi hotspots at 200 public buildings across the city – enabling the public to get online, […]

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The most dangerous ‘legal high’ of all

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Responding to recent headlines, Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, takes a look at the issue of legal highs. I want to talk about legal highs or rather I want to talk about one particular legal high. I’m referring to a freely available substance that causes major health problems, destroys families and costs the Birmingham […]

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Summer – time to protect yourself against doorstep crime

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Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place, warns people to beware of rogue traders making doorstep DIY offers during the summer months. People often look to improve their homes and gardens during the summer. Whether it’s double glazing, a patio or landscaping, these are all big projects which require expert knowledge and professional workmanship – […]

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Be hepatitis aware and ‘get tested’

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Public Health England (PHE) in the West Midlands has joined forces with the local NHS, Birmingham City Council and the Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness of hepatitis and promote the message for people to ‘get tested’. It is estimated that over 5,000 people in Birmingham are living with hepatitis C, however half are undiagnosed. […]

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Media Watch – August 12

By on 12/08/2015 in Media Watch with 0 Comments

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Claims that Birmingham’s libraries have a freeze on buying fiction (BBCWM) People also claiming that some libraries are asking for book donations. They read out part of the BCC statement which explains that all new purchases are looked at on a case by case basis. Eid Mela to draw 40,000 […]

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Public health cuts: Don’t hit the city’s vulnerable

By on 11/08/2015 in Cllr Hamilton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s health boss has warned Government cuts to public health funding will ‘hit the poorest hardest’ unless the city’s inequalities are taken into account.

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