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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 –...


City work on extremism honoured in the USA 

25 Jul

City's work on extremism honoured in the US city of Denver: https://t.


Further talks on refuse dispute 

21 Jul

Talks took place this afternoon between Council senior staff and Trades Unions including Unite, who are currently taking disruptive industrial action.


Birmingham Archives and Collections achieves national accreditation 

20 Jul

Image courtesy: Christian Richters Birmingham Archives and Collections, based at the Library of Birmingham, has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation by The National Archives today (20 July 2017).


Hajj travel firm and director ordered to pay £71,417 

19 Jul

A Small Heath travel firm offering Hajj and Umrah trips and its director have been ordered to pay £71,417 after admitting it had misled customers, at Birmingham Crown Court today (19 July 2017) Birmingham City Council successfully prosecuted...


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.


Encampments banned from city parks for two years 

18 Jul

Birmingham City Council has successfully gained two injunctions banning encampments from moving onto four city parks and recreation grounds until July 2019.


Green Flag success for Birmingham parks and crematoria 

18 Jul

It’s official – Birmingham has 17 of Britain’s best green spaces.


Birmingham Children’s Trust takes next step forward 

18 Jul

A report setting out which services will be transferred to Birmingham Children’s Trust is to go to the city council’s cabinet.


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).


Travel agents targeted in Hajj fraud operation 

14 Jul

Trading Standards officers and the City Of London Police have visited travel agents across Birmingham that were identified as potentially selling unlicensed package tours to Mecca.


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Council meetings »

This week’s council meetings: June 8-12 

8 Jun

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This week’s council meetings: June 1-5 

1 Jun

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This week’s council meetings: April 27 – May 1 

27 Apr

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This week’s council meetings: April 20-24 

20 Apr

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This week’s council meetings: April 13-17 

13 Apr

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This week’s council meetings: March 30 – April 3 

30 Mar

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FOI requests »

Payment from developers for not building quota of Social Housing on development 

26 Jul

Clarification sent to Birmingham City Council by syd vaughan on 26 July 2017 .


Licensing 

26 Jul

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Andrew Smith on 26 July 2017 .


Local Statistics 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Everton Wynter on 26 July 2017 .


Payment from developers for not building quota of Social Housing on development 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to syd vaughan on 26 July 2017 .


A list of Independent Fostering Agencies the Council uses. 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Nicola Ryder on 26 July 2017 .


Validation process for ensuring ratepayer proof-of-identity 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Gavin Chait on 26 July 2017 .


Council owned housing companies 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to J Beswick on 26 July 2017 .


Waste and recycling collection dates 

26 Jul

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Matt Kane on 26 July 2017 .


Age assessments of asylum seeking children 

26 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Phoebe Green on 26 July 2017 .


PROW Data 

25 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Chubby Rambler on 25 July 2017 .


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FixMyStreet »

Abandoned Vehicle, 27th July 

27 Jul

Vehicle abandoned at location for several days.


Fence, 27th July 

27 Jul

Fence needs mending to prevent ASB Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Old Farm Grove, Yardley Wood Report on FixMyStreet...


Rubbish collections missed, 27th July 

27 Jul

Bins have not been collected since last week Report on FixMyStreet...


Dumped black bags and 2 sofas, 27th July 

27 Jul

Dumped black bags accumulating an 2 sofas obstructing access to post box Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 14 Farnham Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


Refuse not collected, 27th July 

27 Jul

Recycling and Refuse not collected Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 30 Bournbrook Road, Bournbrook Report on FixMyStreet...


Refuse not collected, 26th July 

26 Jul

Recycling and Refuse not collected Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 17 Serpentine Road, Bournbrook Report on FixMyStreet...


No rubbish or recycling collection due to strikes., 26th July 

26 Jul

3 recycling collections have been missed and 2 rubbish collections also.


No big news collection, 26th July 

26 Jul

No bin collection on street again.


Trip hazard, 26th July 

26 Jul

Outside the figure of eight pub on broad street there is a raised paving.


Accumulating dumped black bags around tree blocking access, 26th July 

26 Jul

Accumulating dumped black bags around tree blocking access Around pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 343 Rookery Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


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NHS »

Interim Chief Executive appointed for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs 

27 Jul

Work has been ongoing to appoint an interim Chief Executive for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).


Changes to urgent care services at Sparkhill Primary Care Centre 

17 Jul

Changes to urgent care services at Sparkhill Primary Care Centre (856 Stratford Road, Birmingham B11 4BW) The current provider of urgent care services at this location will cease to provide services on 31 July 2017.


Late May Spring Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times 

22 May

Find out where your nearest local pharmacy is open Bank Holiday Monday (29 May 2017).


Ransomware cyber-attack 

17 May

“A spokesperson for the NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups said, “A number of GP surgeries across Birmingham and Solihull have unfortunately been affected by the recent ransomware ...


National Advice for Patients following Cyber Attack 

15 May

Advice for patients A number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack (an attack on the IT systems which support NHS services).


Statement on NHS Cyber Attack 

12 May

Some NHS organisations are currently experiencing IT problems due to a cyber attack.


Early May Bank Holiday 2017 pharmacy opening times 

25 Apr

Find out where your nearest local pharmacy is open Bank Holiday Monday (1 May 2017).


Easter 2017 pharmacy opening times 

7 Apr

The NHS is reminding people in Birmingham where they can access expert medical treatment during the Easter bank holiday weekend (14 – 17 April 2017...


NHS advice for a ‘hoppy’ Easter 

5 Apr

With just over a week left until Easter, doctors in Birmingham are asking local people to plan ahead with some simple steps to stay happy and healthy over the long bank holiday weekend (14-17 April).


NHS advice for a ‘happy’ Easter 

5 Apr

With just over a week left until Easter, doctors in Birmingham are asking local people to plan ahead with some simple steps to stay happy and healthy over the long bank holiday weekend (14-17 April).


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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.


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