Birmingham news and blogs Thursday 27 July 2017
Advanced
Careimages website hosting sponsor


Politicians »

Steve McCabe MP supports heart disease and stroke patients in Selly Oak 

26 Jul

Steve_McCabe stock pic .


Birmingham Bin Strike 

25 Jul

Rubbish is piling up around Edgbaston.


Looking at what Austerity means in terms of current public spending 

25 Jul

I have always wanted to put together some figures to see what has been happening to total government expenditure.


Tackling Brum’s housing shortage with creative thinking 

25 Jul

Members of Housing Birmingham L-R: Kate Warburton – National Housing Federation, Carol Duckfield – National Landlords Association, Jonathan Driffill – BSHP chair and Housing Birmingham vice-chair, Cllr Peter Griffiths –...


COUNCILLORS SURGERY 

25 Jul

I have a Councillors Surgery today (Tue) at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, Time 9.30am.


Calthorpe Residents’ Society Art Exhibition 

22 Jul

John and I were delighted to be invited to open Calthorpe Residents’ Society’s Art Exhibition which opened today at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.


MISSED WASTE COLLECTION UPDATE 

22 Jul

I am still being asked what the situation is regarding the strike action which is effecting the waste collection / emptying of wheelie bins.


Steve McCabe MP calls for action to bring fairer energy prices for all 

20 Jul

Energy prices.


THE HARE AND HOUND PUB NEEDS TO BE PUT RIGHT OR RE DEVELOPED 

20 Jul

On behalf Of Oscott and Kingstanding Residents I have raised the condition of the former Hare and Hounds public house on the Kingstanding Road at this weeks Planning Committee.


Steve McCabe MP welcomes High Court injunction cracking down on unauthorised encampments in Selly Oak 

20 Jul

P4080017.


YET MORE FLY TIPPING HAS HAD TO BE DEALT WITH 

20 Jul

Before After Sadly YET AGAIN there continues to be fly tipping hot spots in the Oscott Ward despite the fact rubbish can be taken to the Local Holford Drive Salvage department just minutes down the Road off the Aldridge Road.


Brendan Foster joins Birmingham 2022 bid team 

19 Jul

Commonwealth Champion and legendary long-distance athlete, Brendan Foster CBE, is today announced as the latest addition to the Birmingham 2022 Bid team.


Steve McCabe MP welcomes apprentices to House of Commons 

18 Jul

Apprenticeships.


THE M.P. FOR PERRY BARR CONTACT DETAILS 

18 Jul

I occasionaly receive requests for assistance or advice which would be better addressed by the MP for Perry Barr.


Library of Birmingham to set up partnership with The REP 

17 Jul

A report outlining plans for the Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) to develop a commercial partnership is set to be approved by Cabinet next week (Tuesday, 25 July 2017).


YOUTH CLUB FOR THE KIDS ON THE BANDYWOOD ESTATE 

17 Jul

Youngsters living on the Bandywood Estate aged 10 to 19 there is now a Youth club based at the Emanuel Church Kettle House Road.


Birmingham MP tables motion in Parliament calling for action on unauthorised traveller encampments 

17 Jul

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak.


THE BATTLE FOR A CROSSING ON DYAS ROAD HAS BEEN WON 

17 Jul

I would like to thank the Neighbourhood Police Initiative organiser Brian Brookes for all his help in organising petitions asking for this crossing which I presented to the Council last year along with other letters.


THE NEXT FQNR ACTIVITY SESSION 29TH JULY 

17 Jul

There will be an Friends of the Queslett Nature Reserve activity day on the 29th July at 11.30am There will be litter picking, some light pruningand some improvementwork is to be undertaken.


CUTS NEED TO BE CUT 

17 Jul

Birmingham is not the only large Council being hit by the Governments cuts to their funding from the Central Government but being the biggest council it has seen the biggest cuts –over £650 million from its annual budget since 2010.


MY NEXT COUNCILLORS SURGERY IS ON THE 25TH JULY 

17 Jul

My next Councillors surgery will be held at the 610 Community Centre on the 25th of July at the 610 Community Centre Kingstanding Road, The time will be 9.35am.


HOW TO CONTACT ME 

15 Jul

Please note I use Face Book and Twitter as an information outlet often rather than bombarding residents with leaflets.


KEEP OUT OF THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY 

15 Jul

It may bewarm during the summer holidays but never be tempted to cool down by entering the lake in the Queslett Nature Reserve.


COMING SOON KNIFE DROP IN AMNESTY FOR OSCOTT 

14 Jul

Following my request the Local Police team are to look at introducing a Drop in knife amnesty at one of their future Police activity events in the Oscott.


The Library of Birmingham is officially first class 

14 Jul

LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM INCLUDED IN SPECIAL STAMP SET ISSUED BY ROYAL MAIL TO CELEBRATE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN THE UK The Library of Birmingham has been included in a set of new Special Stamps issued today (14 July 2017) by Royal Mail that ...


West Midlands region to benefit from 2022 Games bid 

14 Jul

Image of what the aquatics centre in Sandwell could look like during a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham, 14 July 2017: Following the Commonwealth Games Development Unit (CGDU) visit to Birmingham this week, the Birmingham 2022 bid team ...


Birmingham ‘Rights Rangers’ promoting children’s rights 

13 Jul

Children across Birmingham schools have been learning all about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – and how they can embed these values in their daily school lives.


THE DESPUTE OVER THE WASTE COLLECTION NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED ASAP 

13 Jul

I would like to thank those resident who have contacted be regarding their wheelie bins or bags not being collected.


ALDI MAY APPEAL TO GOVERNMENT RE QUESLETT STORE PLANNING APPLICATION 

13 Jul

“ Clearly it is of some concern that Aldi appear not to wish to re look at the Plans they have put forward with a view to modifying them to ease the concerns of a lot of local residents.


PARKING STLL AN ISSUE NEAR PO SORTING OFFICE IN OSCOTT 

13 Jul

I have complained yet again to the Post Office Management Team regarding the lack of parking for their staff at the Kingstanding Road sorting office.


More Politicians


Comment »

‘Self-build’ housing for the city 

26 Jul

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to enable the development of new homes for self and custom build in the City; read more here.


North Korea is Going Nuclear. It’s Time to Fight Back. 

26 Jul

Comment Writer Colum Hawken argues that the world can no longer rely on the US to defend it from North Korea The post North Korea is Going Nuclear.


Ms May’s government does not discriminate: in good or bad health, all on low incomes lose 

25 Jul

In January, Aditya Chakrabortty pointed out that though statistically the UK is enjoying a recovery, in reality: “this has been a recovery for owner-occupiers in London and the south-east.


Political Free elections in Bangladesh and the role of Bangladeshi women in public life 

24 Jul

Parveen Hassan Dr Dipu Moni It was a pleasure to meet Dr.


WM New Economics Group meeting 27th July 

24 Jul

WMNEG meeting: Thursday 27 July, 5-7 pm A discussion on a book by Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato; Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice introduced by Robert Kornreich, Kings Heath   Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 ...


The Birmingham Bin workers battle against wage cuts and redundancies 

24 Jul

The latest failure by Birmingham City Council to defend jobs and services against the swingeing cuts of this Tory government is leading to rubbish mounting up in the streets and around the base of tower blocks, causing a fire and … Continue reading...


Localising new-build housing 

23 Jul

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the...


Deprivation, job losses, depression and suicides follow cruel ‘welfare’ legislation 

21 Jul

Cuts protest during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before parliamentary recess.


Jacqui Smith has been elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society 

21 Jul

Political Concern has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures.


Save the 26 Children’s Centres – the campaign spreads 

21 Jul

Parents, staff, GMB and local politicians lobby the government.


Surely the bins dispute can’t get any more nasty 

20 Jul

After angry exchanges between unions and council bosses can they now get round the table and sort it out...


Combined Authority decides not to rename 

18 Jul

A controversial proposal to change the title of the combined authority and adopt the name of its biggest city along with the term ‘city region’ has been dropped, writes Kevin Johnson.


Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy? 

17 Jul

Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people.


Public sector worker wages down thousands in 2017, finds TUC 

17 Jul

Public sector workers’ real wages in 2017 are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010, the TUC has found.


Tears of a clown 

16 Jul

Only a complete fool would dare to suggest that extracting the fifth largest economy on the planet from the largest single market on Earth would be a simple undertaking and such a daunting task would probably freeze the blood of even the most skilful...


Protest against fascist Britain First, Rochdale, July 22 

15 Jul

Pictured below, alongside Paul Golding, leader of the fascist group, Britain First, is Jason Marriner, (blue shirt) an ex Combat 18 fascist thug and convicted football hooligan.


Chernobyl Children’s visit: July-August 

14 Jul

A volunteer with the project has drawn our attention to the visit of a group of teenagers from Chernobyl who will be welcomed to Solihull this summer for a four week recuperative holiday, organised by Chernobyl Children’s Project Solihull Group (...


Why the bin strike could rumble on 

13 Jul

City council's Labour bosses and Unite union polls apart in dispute which has been a long time coming...


Why the bin strike could rumble on 

13 Jul

City council's Labour bosses and Unite union polls apart in dispute which has been a long time coming...


Save Our Children Centres Demo Saturday 22 July 11am~2pm Victoria Square Birmingham 

13 Jul

GMB B49 branch will be holding a community demonstration about the potential closure of 26 of Birmingham Children’s Centres.


Supporting the Palestinians is not the same as supporting terrorism 

12 Jul

Criticism of Israel is justified, but associating the plight of the Palestinians with Hezbollah doesnt do the Palestinian people any favours...


Statement on Srebrenica Memorial Day 2017 

11 Jul

Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equaility, has signed up to a letter from the Remembering Srebrenica organisation on the exact anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995… This year, we are...


Times: Birmingham is one of Britain’s greenest places 

11 Jul

This upbeat article was omitted from the depressing daily e-alerts sent to the Murdoch-owned paper’s online subscribers, but – thanks to David Bailey’s retweeting – it will now reach others, including readers of the Brummie .


Commonwealth Games would showcase a resurgent West Midlands to the world 

10 Jul

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street on why he is backing the Commonweatlh Games bid and why we should be confident...


Commonwealth Games would showcase a resurgent West Midlands to the world 

10 Jul

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street on why he is backing the Commonweatlh Games bid and why we should be confident...


Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...


July: EEF open days in Aston for future apprentices 

9 Jul

Young people in the West Midlands considering a manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship and their parents are invited to attend an open day at the EEF’s manufacturing and engineering at the Technology Hub  in Aston, Birmingham.


UK Prime Minister Theresa May Reception with British Muslims – Celebrating Eid – al-Fitr 

9 Jul

Lord Ahmad, PM Theresa May Parveen Hassan Parveen, Downing Street The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May invited British Muslims and members of the community at a private Eid reception, in Downing Street on Monday 3rd July 2017.


Meeting in Earlswood, Monday 10th July 

8 Jul

Learn more about renowned botanist world traveller Ernest Wilson, trained at Edgbaston Botanical Gardens, next Monday evening, at 7.30.


Commonwealth Games bid is golden chance to change Birmingham’s story for the better 

8 Jul

Successful bid could be platform for even greater things...


More Comment








    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.


    More Westminster