Birmingham news and blogs Saturday 20 January 2018

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19 Jan

I have been out and about again reporting public right of ways which need cleaning up.

Action on dumped waste behind Acocks Green Village shops 

19 Jan

Residents living in the flats above a row of shops in Acocks Green Village are having to pick their way through piles of dumped rubbish to get to their homes.

Falcon Lodge creates vision of future 

19 Jan

The community in Falcon Lodge came together for an afternoon of discussion about the future of the estate on Friday 12 January.

Andrew Mitchell MP thanks Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust for the nearly £1million donated for good causes last year 

19 Jan

Andrew Mitchell has thanked the Trustees of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust on behalf of the Royal Town for all the hard work that the Trust does throughout the year.

Andrew Mitchell vows to uphold the lessons from the Srebrenica Genocide 

19 Jan

Andrew Mitchell MP returned this week from a sobering three-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to mark the genocide in Srebrenica, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.


18 Jan

It was great to be out and about again with some of the Friends of Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group Grot Spot Litter Picker.


18 Jan



18 Jan

After many year of attending their meetings The Oscott Elderly Residents Group) and entering their raffles I have finally won a prize.

Mess Left By Travellers 

17 Jan

Went with a resident to look at a site this morning where mess left by travellers last summer is still present.


16 Jan

Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been campaigning for some time to remind dog owners of the need to take and bin their dogs mess.


16 Jan

While out and about today meeting Oscott residents I have investigated yet more reports about vandalised trees in the Aldridge Recreation Ground.


14 Jan

Meeting elderly and disabled residents is important.


14 Jan

Just a reminder that the Perry Barr M.


12 Jan

Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been out and about again checking Grit bins to see if they have been topped up.


11 Jan

The Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve Environmental Group were out again today in their role as volunteer Grot spot litter pickers.


11 Jan

During question time at this weeks full Birmingham City Council meeting the Cabinet Member responsible for Waste Management admitted there had been some unacceptable delays in residents having their waste collected.


11 Jan

I was a pleasure to pop into the Cedar Church yesterday and take a look at their "Coffee 'N' Cake Cedar Room with a brew facility.

Royal Town’s MP supports charity working to get more Sutton Coldfield children reading 

8 Jan

Andrew Mitchell MP for Royal Sutton Coldfield, met with BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity on Friday 8th of December.


7 Jan

Through out the winter I have been reporting grit bins in Oscott which need topping up.

New Yellow Lines 

6 Jan

Checking out the new yellow lines installed in Carpenter Rd and Pakenham Rd just before Christmas – after a very long wait and a concerted effort by residents and Councillors to get them put in.

Local MP continues to highlight the scandal of childhood tooth decay 

4 Jan



3 Jan

Birmingham City Council has today (03/01) released an updated statement on recent missed refuse collections in parts of Birmingham in recent weeks: “We are aware of ongoing issues with missed waste and recycling collections in parts of the city.

Templefield Square 

3 Jan

Overflowing litter bin is not a nice welcome to Templefield Square.


3 Jan

Sadly the high winds and heavy rain we are currently experiencing mean Amey Highways are having to divert their tree pruning staff away to the inevitable emergencies which are taking place.

Local MPs praise the work of Interventional Radiologists at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) 

3 Jan

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Steve McCabe MP calls on primary schools across Birmingham to sign-up to Premier League Primary Stars to help support their teachers and pupils. 

2 Jan

Steve McCabeMP supports Premier League Primary Stars.


1 Jan

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and peaceful New Year...

Rubbish Collection Details For Jan 1st 

31 Dec

Monday is Edgbaston’s bin day.

Service launched to reduce the pain of calling a call centre. 

26 Dec

Click here to try the beta test call entre phoning service "John Hemming, who has created an internet Startup called Cirrostratus since he ceased being an MP, is launching a free online service to make life easier for people phoning call centres.


24 Dec

May I wish every one a very Merry Christmas...

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Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? 

19 Jan

Comment Writer Rahim Mohamed argues more needs to be done in order secure our National Health System The post Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? appeared first on Redbrick .

Hollywood’s Diversity Dilemma 

19 Jan

Comment Writer Natalia Carter discusses the diversity dilemma within Hollywood and the modern film industry.

Human rights after Brexit, ‘reliant on Parliamentary goodwill’ . . . 

18 Jan

Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment to th e European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , aimed to retain the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and ensure that it would be transferred, with the rest of EU law, when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Ed Doolan: radio icon, local hero 

18 Jan

In 1974 an Australian born, former teacher joined the newly launched commercial radio station, BRMB.

Last week’s ‘Andy who?’ is this week’s ‘Andy wow!’ 

18 Jan

I hold no brief whatever for the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and have been critical, including in these columns, of aspects of both his election campaign and his eight...

Sometimes only single-minded mavericks can succeed 

17 Jan

If the health police haven’t yet been alerted, they’d jolly well better be, writes Paul Dale.

Wolff at the door: it’s double trouble in The West Wing 

17 Jan

                    Richard Lutz reads two books that turn the spotlight on President Trump As the ex-Presidential advisor Steve Bannon is subpoenaed testify before a Grand Jury, what better time to cast an eye over two White House ...

Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests 

16 Jan

Comment Writer Tom Moran argues Iran needs a large-scale change in light of the recent protests The post Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests appeared first on Redbrick .

Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly 

16 Jan

Comment Writer Rhi Storer questions the Conservative's environmental policy The post Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly appeared first on Redbrick .

“What do you think of the new Cabinet?” 

15 Jan

This question was posed last week and I replied cautiously, “Wait and see”.

Protected: Localising Prosperity – a short film 

15 Jan

This content is password protected.

Welcome to politics, Mr Mayor 

15 Jan

After seven months in the role, Andy Street has discovered that being a Metro Mayor is a political job after all, writes Kevin Johnson.

West Midlands New Economics Group: AGM 25th January 2018 

14 Jan

Annual General Meeting Roundup of news and planning for future meeting 25th January,  5-7pm at the John Lewis Community Hub, available to community groups.

Birmingham Home Care workers will be on strike on Saturday 20th January, with a rally from 12 – 2pm in Victoria Square 

14 Jan

Please support our 350 home care workers who are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system.

Labour’s effective opposition in 2017 

12 Jan

Steve Walker blogs: In spite of Labour’s General Election surge and its continued polling strength – not to mention more than  thirty  u-turns Labour under Corbyn had already forced from the Conservatives before the election – the line ...

Save the Nurseries – here is the list of Consultation Meetings 

12 Jan

Birchfield – 18 Jan 3-5pm Golden Hillock – 22 Jan 6-8pm Cherry Tree – 23 Jan 3-5pm Kitts Green – 24 Jan 4.30-6.30pm Lime Tree – 25 Jan 6-8pm Oaklands – 30 Jan 6-8pm Park Road – 31 Jan 6-8pm … Continue reading...

Birmingham students to debate role of the Commonwealth 

12 Jan

Event hopes to spotlight effect on Britain’s relations with the world.

Community asset transfer: news of a Scottish bid and activity in Birmingham 

10 Jan

From short-term licences to long leases, local community and voluntary groups are seeking opportunities to take on the management or ownership of buildings and land.

‘The West Midlands Economy: Why We Need a Strategy for Inclusive Growth’, BTUC Conference on 10 March 1.30-4.30, Unite offices, Birmingham 

10 Jan


Housing 29: London showing of film, The Great Social Housing Swindle – Birmingham next? 

9 Jan

In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation.

– Division, Resistance & Empowerment, Exhibition, Birmingham 

9 Jan

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Nazi National Action – six appear in Westminster Magistrates court 

9 Jan

Five men and one woman have appeared in court, in central London, charged with membership of the banned, nazi group, National Action.

Reshuffle Kerfuffle – what does it mean for the West Midlands? 

8 Jan

New Year, new Government.

John Madin’s Central Library: January 2018 

7 Jan

Gone but not forgotten – but will Birmingham ever learn? Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, asks why Birmingham seems to dislike its Brutalist history so much  Birmingham’s Central Library before demolition Read on here :  ...

Georgia Toffolo Cannot Be The Face of The Tories 

7 Jan

Comment Writer Helena Shaw discusses the implications of Toff's celebrity status and language on her credibility as the voice of young Conservatives The post Georgia Toffolo Cannot Be The Face of The Tories appeared first on Redbrick .

Ignorance Cannot Be Blamed for Logan Paul’s Deplorable Video 

7 Jan

Comment Editor Alex Goodwin denounces YouTuber Logan Paul's exploitation and ignorance of mental health issues The post Ignorance Cannot Be Blamed for Logan Paul’s Deplorable Video appeared first on Redbrick .

WMCA unveils proposed budget and mayoral precept for 2018/19 

6 Jan

New body to raise funds for continued infrastructure expansion.

BFOE supports councillors’ proposal for food waste collection 

5 Jan

In July on this site a Gloucestershire reader recommended the local food waste collection which began in 2016.

Without an Impact Assessment of the Budget proposals the Consultation is a sham 

29 Dec

The Budget Consultation 2018+ lists the “Savings Proposals for 2018/19”.

“Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his grave” 

27 Dec

‘The Labour party would have found an ally in Attwood’ Dr Geoffrey Ingham, Financial Times (Letters) : “The early 19th century member of parliament, proto-Keynesian and pro-industry Birmingham banker Thomas Attwood must be cheering from his ...

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    Westminster »

    Procurement | Ministry of Justice | Written Answers 

    30 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts placed out to tender by (a) his Department and (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service have been bid on by Synnex Concentrix.

    Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Birmingham | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    28 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015 to Question 6219, whether his Department holds information on (a) further education colleges, (b) apprenticeships providers, (c) local...

    Community Relations | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

    27 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6223, what measures he has used to assess the results and performance of the £50 million invested through the integration...

    Science: Research | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

    24 Jul

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he intends to (a) maintain, (b) increase or (c) decrease scientific and medical research spending in real terms over the next (i) one year and (ii) five years.

    Human Trafficking: Children | Home Office | Written Answers 

    24 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will conduct an assessment of whether visas intended for sportspeople have been used to traffick children from non-EU countries into the UK.

    Schools: Admissions | Department for Education | Written Answers 

    23 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure pupils' names are not removed from school admission registers without an adequate explanation of the child's whereabouts.

    Arms Trade: Israel | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    23 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will review his Department's policy on arms export licence agreements with Israel.

    Rohingya | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

    22 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to broker a regional solution which would provide a safe haven for the Rohingya.

    Severn Bridges (Tolls) – [Mr James gray in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates 

    21 Jul

    I think that the Minister may inadvertently have misunderstood my hon.

    Finance Bill | Bill Presented – Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    I hesitate to be mean-spirited to the hon.

    Points of Order | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    On a point of order, Mr.

    DWP Data | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    How many meetings and discussions have taken place between Ministers and officials over the past 12 months about the compilation and presentation of the data...

    Revenue | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    Ernst and Young points out that the rise in household taxes is reducing disposable income, with £47.2 billion of tax rises, including the insurance premium tax and vehicle excise duty.

    Tax Credits | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

    21 Jul

    High tax rates are normally loathed by Conservative Members, but obviously not when they affect ordinary working people.

    Females: Crimes of Violence | Department for International Development | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to support the target on ending violence against women and girls at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

    Walking: Children | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to achieving its target of 55 per cent of children walking to school; and how his Department arrived at that figure.

    Welfare Tax Credits | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued on how tax credit claimants can calculate how much their tax credit entitlement will change as a result of changes to tax credit entitlement announced in the Summer...

    Burma: Rohingya | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the government of Burma provides education for Rohingya children.

    Apprentices: Pay | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average change in wages is for a former apprentice three years after completion of their apprenticeship.

    Seals: Scotland | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers 

    21 Jul

    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Scottish Government on seal (a) culls and (b) conservation; and if she will make a statement.

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