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CHECKING OUT THE KINGSTANDING POST OFFICE CHANGES PROPOSALS 

17 Nov

The Oscott Labour Team and Local Residents Councillor Barbara Dring and I have been out checking that the Post Office proposals ref the Kingstanding Circle consultations are being advertised and that the new location ( the old HSB bank building) in ...


LOOKING AFTER THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE 

15 Nov

As the Chair and Founder of the Friends Of the Queslett nature Reserve Environmental Group I try and pop into the reserve at least a couple of times a week time permitting.


Trees for the Chop 

15 Nov

Amey have published a new list of trees to be cut down across Acocks Green in the next few weeks.


GREEN HOLM ROAD SCHOOL NEAR BY JUNCTION TO GET YELLOW LINES AT LAST 

15 Nov

Following representations from the Oscott Labour Team and the Oscott Schools Road Safety and parking Working Party (which I chair).


THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED 

15 Nov

Following the Oscott Labour Teams concerns about the Kingstanding Shopping area and precinct ,both last year and this the City Councilhave now done a survey of Kingstanding Circle, as well as all the other Local Centres in the City.


FUTHER KINGSTANDING CIRCLE UPDATE 

14 Nov

Following my further requests for more information the Post Office have confirmed that services such as car tax and passport check and send would still be available at Kingstanding Post Office.


KING STANDING POST OFFICE IS LIKEY TO MOVE TO KETTLEHOUSE ROAD 

14 Nov

Over the last few weeks I have been asked by a number of residents what is going to happen to the Post Office currently located in the Kingstanding Shopping prescient.


Rise in food prices squeezing already stretched budgets say Birmingham MP 

14 Nov

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£6.6m cost of the Bin Strike 

14 Nov

Many residents have been asking about the cost of this year’s bin strike.


HOW GOVRNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT KINGSLAND SCHOOL 

13 Nov

Kingsland Primary School (NC) -£84.7k Total loss by 2020 -£291 Per-pupil loss -2 Teachers lost...


HOW GOVERNMENT CUTS WILL EFFECT THE GREAT BARR JUNIOR SCHOOL 

13 Nov

How Government cuts will effect Great Barr Junior and infant School Great Barr Primary School -£43.4k Total loss by 2020 The estimated reduction in the school's annual budget by 2020 in real terms.


Remembrance Sunday In Birmingham 

12 Nov

Because of the works in Centenary Square, this year Birmingham’s Remembrance service once again took place in Victoria Square – just as it did the very first year poppies were worn, in 1921.


OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN CHECKING ON GRIT BINS IN OSCOTT 

12 Nov

Now the weather is getting colder I have been out and about in Oscott again this week checking that grit bins have enough grit in them.


THE BIRKENSHAW TO BIRDBROOK ROAD RIGHT OF WAY GETS A CLEAN UP. 

11 Nov

Councillor Barbara Dring and I have managed to come to an agreement with a Voluntary group who give the Birdbrook to Birkenshaw Road public Right of way.


THE KINGSTANDING SHOPPING PRECINCT NEEDS HELP 

11 Nov

The governments Austerity measures and policies are really effecting Oscott residents.


Delivering In Touch Leaflets 

11 Nov

Edgbaston Councillors and team out delivering In Touch leaflets in Edgbaston this morning.


POLICE CARRY OUR SPEED WATCH OPERATION IN OSCOTT 

11 Nov

I would like to thank the Oscott Police Team for their Speed Watch operation in the Oscott Ward today.


YOUR OSCOTT TEAM ARE INTERESTED IN THE VIEWS OF OUR OLDER RESIDENTS 

11 Nov

Both Councillor Barbara Dring and I visit elderly residents in the Oscott area when we can to find out what concerns they have.


Poppy Appeal 

10 Nov

Please support this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


NEW TREES TO BE PLANTED IN THE ALDRIDGE ROAD RECREATION GROUND 

10 Nov

British Trees For Life will be Planting a number of new trees (10) in the Aldridge Road Recreation Ground on Thursday 30th November.


Steve McCabe MP pledges to push for enforcement of pay gap reporting on Equal Pay Day 

10 Nov

Equal Pay Day.


Aldi set to develop Maypole flats but drop affordable housing element 

9 Nov

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HAWTHORN SHOP KEEPERS ARE BATTLING AGAINS SHOP LIFTERS 

9 Nov

As a member of the Hawthorn Road Traders association committee I have been pleased to see how well their Shop Watch initiative seem to be operating in some sections of the Hawthorn Road.


In Touch With Edgbaston 

8 Nov

In Touch leaflets being delivered across Edgbaston at the moment.


WEAR YOUR POPPY WITH PRIDE AND SADNESS 

3 Nov

Wear your Poppy with pride and sadness They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.


THE OSCOTT ELDERLY RESIDENTS HAD A NICE SOCIAL 

2 Nov

It was nice to be asked to be quiz master at the Oscott Elderly residents group today as part of their pre -Christmas season fun afternoon Along with quizzes there were raffles and chance to have a chat and a lovely buffet.


DONT THROW LIFE RINGS IN THE QUESLETT RESERVE LAKE 

1 Nov

It was good to be able to spend an hour or 2 in the Queslett Nature Reserve doing a little light pruning, checking for ASB and meeting some of the reserves users.


Celebrating Birmingham’s First Female Councillor 

1 Nov

Birmingham’s first female Councillor was elected 106 years ago today.


Royal Town’s MP raises Maney Hill Road Adolescents Home with Birmingham City Council Chief Executive 

30 Oct

Andrew Mitchell has made forceful representations to the Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council about the unacceptable experiences of people living on Maney Hill Road as a result of anti-social behaviour perpetrated by residents of the ...


REMEMBER REMEMBER ON THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER 

30 Oct

Please remember remember ON the 5th of November.


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Can We Separate Art from its Artist? A Response to the Kevin Spacey Scandal 

18 Nov

Comment Writer Holly Pittaway argues Kevin Spacey's art shouldn't suffer for his wrong doings The post Can We Separate Art from its Artist? A Response to the Kevin Spacey Scandal appeared first on Redbrick .


Yet Another Scandal: The Paradise Papers 

18 Nov

Comment Writer Martha Bird highlights the scandal the leaked Paradise Papers have exposed The post Yet Another Scandal: The Paradise Papers appeared first on Redbrick .


Unpaid Internships Are a Joke 

17 Nov

Comment Editor Kat Smith discusses why she will not be taking an unpaid internship and why students should not be expected to work for free The post Unpaid Internships Are a Joke appeared first on Redbrick .


Don’t Blame Lecturers for Panopto Policy Breach 

17 Nov

Comment Writer James Moran argues that it is the University, not individual lecturers, who are to blame for the controversy surrounding Panopto The post Don’t Blame Lecturers for Panopto Policy Breach appeared first on Redbrick .


Anchoring community wealth 

16 Nov

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji , a Chinese student, at the  University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% ...


Housing 28: landlords foresee yet another impact of UC – unpaid rent 

16 Nov

Theresa May: “the government wants people to be able to manage their own (universal credit) budgets” Yet again, the vulnerable suffer.


Maple Bankians: United in Our Struggle 

16 Nov

Comment Writer Lily Haugh smiles through the pain of living in accommodation ignored by the university's plethora of renovations The post Maple Bankians: United in Our Struggle appeared first on Redbrick .


Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: Two Sides to the Same Coin of Government Incompetency 

16 Nov

Comment Writer Rhi Storer criticises the embarrassing incompetency of May's cabinet The post Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: Two Sides to the Same Coin of Government Incompetency appeared first on Redbrick .


Is it just me or has politics got really horrible recently? 

15 Nov

MPs are terrified to say what they really think, we have a government of the living dead and suddenly it's okay to be a bit racist...


STEM shortfall risks growth stall 

15 Nov

The West Midlands is facing a big problem – and it is one that has to be tackled by politicians, business, educators and parents.


These are the 14 Local Authority Day Nurseries the Council plans to close 

15 Nov

The Council is planning to close all its Day Nurseries.


Housing 27: abandon Section 106 

14 Nov

The Financial Times has reported that John Healey, shadow housing minister, has set out Labour’s plans to tighten a housebuilding loophole introduced by the Conservatives that has been blamed for halving the number of “affordable homes” built ...


Free Education: Time to Seize the Moment 

14 Nov

Comment Writer James Brackley argues a free university education is within our grasp The post Free Education: Time to Seize the Moment appeared first on Redbrick .


Balfour Declaration: Britain should have apologised to Palestine 

14 Nov

Comment Writer Tom Shacklock criticises Theresa May on her lack of empathy towards Palestine The post Balfour Declaration: Britain should have apologised to Palestine appeared first on Redbrick .


Save our 14 Birmingham Community Day Nurseries from closure 

13 Nov

The GMB union Birmingham Education branch has launched this petition.


Are we reaching our critical state? 

13 Nov

Will Mapplebeck asks if we are observing the end of politics Remember ‘The End of History’ – Frances Fukuyama’s bold claim 25 years ago that the end of the Cold War meant ideology was over and history as we know it would effectively stop? I ...


On Yer Hired Bike 

13 Nov

Comment Writer Sam Yearley claims that UoB do not need Santander bikes on campus The post On Yer Hired Bike appeared first on Redbrick .


An Independent Catalonia is a Pipe Dream 

13 Nov

Comment Writer Harpreet Pannu explores the over reaction from Catalonians' in their quest for independence The post An Independent Catalonia is a Pipe Dream appeared first on Redbrick .


MPs have one last chance to save us from the Brexit disaster 

11 Nov

Many MPs are convinced Brexit is going to take this country off a cliff.


The Necessity of the T-Charge 

11 Nov

The environment needs to get back on the political agenda, argues Comment Writer Rahim Mohamed The post The Necessity of the T-Charge appeared first on Redbrick .


Employee Ownership Association Annual Conference at the NEC 

10 Nov

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) 12 th Annual Conference represents organisations which are employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership.


News Has No Gender 

9 Nov

Comment Writer Elin Kaemmer-Bailey critcises the 'female' sections in popular newspapers The post News Has No Gender appeared first on Redbrick .


Prejudice in University Admissions Needs To Stop 

9 Nov

Comment Writer Lily Haugh explores elitism and prejudice at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, arguing that it needs to end The post Prejudice in University Admissions Needs To Stop appeared first on Redbrick .


Seven reasons why Theresa May’s government is a disaster 

8 Nov

Theresa May's Government is in chaos but she may be able to cling on to power for a while yet...


Secret Brexit papers revealing impact on the regions may never be published 

7 Nov

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised to hand over data on the impact on sectors of the economy within three weeks, but we know the Government has more than this...


COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık’ta İslamofobinin 20 Yıllık Bilançosu – Perspektif 

7 Nov

As with previous months, I have today had a new comment piece published in the German-based Turkish language periodical, Perspektif.


2022 should be Living Wage Commonwealth Games 

6 Nov

Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council and long-time driving force behind the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 project, aspires to deliver “the best ever Commonwealth Games” in 2022, writes Waseem...


New approach needed for investment across region 

6 Nov

In my previous piece, I set out how the Government should be radically redefining the economic model through nationalising key industrial sectors, whilst businesses should be looking at the social...


Housing 27: what would a Corbyn premiership mean for the building industry? 

6 Nov

In the Financial Times , Jim Pickard, its Chief Political Correspondent and one of Mr Corbyn’s consistent detractors, writes: “After largely ignoring Labour for two years, many business leaders are now scrambling to work out what a Jeremy Corbyn ...


It’s not a witch hunt. There’s a real problem at Westminster – but some of those accused may be innocent 

4 Nov

Fear and panic at Westminster as MPs face sleaze allegations...


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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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