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Health Secretary urged to release critical funds as winter approaches 

21 Sep

Cllr Paulette Hamilton Council leaders across the West Midlands, including Birmingham, have written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling for NHS England to release funding for essential social care services ahead of the winter months.


Response to High Court hearing on waste management 

20 Sep

The following is a statement after today’s High Court ruling relating to the future of the city’s waste management service (and the issuing of redundancy notices to Grade 3 Leading Hand crew members on August 31): A Birmingham ...


Response to latest Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel letter 

20 Sep

Councillor Ian Ward, Interim Leader of Birmingham City Council, has responded to the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel’s (BIIP) letter to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.


Brum landlord who didn’t care ordered to pay nearly £4k 

14 Sep

A Birmingham landlord was ordered to pay £3,860 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (14 September 2017) for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a property in Oval Road, Erdington – after admitting...


Latest Secretary of State response to Improvement Panel 

11 Sep

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has written a response to a letter he received from the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel on August 4.


Statement from Cllr John Clancy 

11 Sep

The following is a statement issued by Cllr John Clancy this afternoon (September 11): “It has become clear to me that frenzied media speculation about the Birmingham waste dispute is beginning to harm Birmingham City Council and the...


Car trader sold unroadworthy vehicles 

11 Sep

A Birmingham car trader has admitted a total of 42 offences relating to the sale of unroadworthy vehicles.


Turning garage sites and pubs into 131 new homes 

8 Sep

Cllr Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for housing and homes Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve a two year house-building programme worth nearly £19 million at a meeting on Tuesday 13 September.


Plaque commemorates First World War Birmingham Pals 

7 Sep

The Birmingham Pals memorial plaque, November 2015 This Saturday sees the installation of a plaque at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in memory of the Birmingham Pals.


Birmingham welcomes Commonwealth Games decision 

7 Sep

Birmingham today (7 September 2017) welcomed the decision by the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) to recommend it as a Candidate City to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Council House complex and BM&AG feasibility study 

7 Sep

Plans for major modernisation works to the Council House complex and redevelopment of Birmingham Museum Art Gallery have taken a step forward with a contractor-led design team being appointed to conduct a feasibility study for the project...


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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 »

Appeals Upheld In The Harborne/Quinton Area From 2013 To 2016 

22 Sep

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Miss Nina Richardson on 22 September 2017 .


How much money has been paid to employment agencies for waste collection over the last ten years? 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to s connolly on 22 September 2017 .


Great Run Local – The Vale Birmingham 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Mr Wilkes on 22 September 2017 .


Great Run Local – Aston Hall & Selly Oak Park 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Mr Wilkes on 22 September 2017 .


Appeals Upheld In The Harborne/Quinton Area From 2013 To 2016 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Miss Nina Richardson on 22 September 2017 .


Councillor Advice Bureaux costs 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Zahra Q on 22 September 2017 .


Agency Staffing Services Framework Agreement 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Adrian Newton on 22 September 2017 .


Councillor Advice Bureaux costs 

21 Sep

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Zahra Q on 21 September 2017 .


School income budgets for 2016/2017 

21 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Ian Hands on 21 September 2017 .


Education information 

21 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Lily Kerrigan on 21 September 2017 .


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FixMyStreet »

Loose Manholes, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Loose Manholes and a trip hazard A male nearly tripped over as he was crossing Hippodrome Sq Myself and Hippodrome Security Witnessed this Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 41 Hurst Street, Birmingham...


Loose Slab outside Hippodrome, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Major Trip Hazard A pregnant lady nearly tripped over it as she was entering the Hippodrome premises Myself and the Security Guard from Hippodrome Witnessed this Please fix this Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated...


Still not done, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Fly tipping Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 4 Brunswick Gardens, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


This fridge has been outside 340 Chester Road North for over two months, 23rd September 

23 Sep

This fridge has been dumped outside 344 Chester Road for over two months Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 342 Chester Road North, Sutton Coldfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Lifted up slab, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside reflex'second exit doors slab that joins a tarmac patch has a gap creating trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 271 Broad Street, Birmingham Report...


Sunken slab, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre near to ICC fire exit doors a slab that joins the tarmac patch has broken/lifted creating a trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 279 Broad Street, Birmingham...


Utility surround, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside/near to reflex,cover surround crumbling /broken,trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 271 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


Sinking slabs, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Broad street city centre outside brasshouse same reoccurring problem,was repaired last week but needs looking into more,water us staying here and as slabs move the sand underneath the movement pushes the sand away making the slabs a trip hazzard...


Graffiti on wall, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Tennant street off Granville street city centre graffiti on wall Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tennant Street, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...


Damaged name plate, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Tenant street off Granville street city centre name plate been broken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tennant Street, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...


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NHS »

Pharmacy Opening Times – Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 

22 Aug

Find out which pharmacies are open on the bank holiday, Monday 28 th August 2017.


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).


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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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    19 Sep 17
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