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Health Secretary urged to release critical funds as winter approaches 

21 Sep 17

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.


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Response to High Court hearing on waste management 

20 Sep 17

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 …


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

14 Sep 17

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…


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Latest Secretary of State response to Improvement Panel 

11 Sep 17

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.


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Statement from Cllr John Clancy 

11 Sep 17

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…


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Car trader sold unroadworthy vehicles 

11 Sep 17

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


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Turning garage sites and pubs into 131 new homes 

8 Sep 17

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.


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Plaque commemorates First World War Birmingham Pals 

7 Sep 17

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.


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Birmingham welcomes Commonwealth Games decision 

7 Sep 17

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.


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Council House complex and BM&AG feasibility study 

7 Sep 17

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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Drive to get more men into social work 

5 Sep 17

Social work charity Frontline has launched a recruitment campaign to attract more men into social work.


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22 reasons Brum should get 2022 Commonwealths 

5 Sep 17

With the decision due soon as to whether an English Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be submitted and, if so, whether it will be Birmingham which becomes the UK’s Candidate City, the bid team has today compiled a list of 22 reasons…


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Weekender encapsulates spirit of cultural programme for 2022 bid 

1 Sep 17

Just 22 days ahead of Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender (from 22 – 24 September), the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bid team unveils its cultural programme for the Games.


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Waste collection service update – August 31 

31 Aug 17

In order to protect its legal and financial position, the council is issuing redundancy notices to the Grade 3 Leading Hands in the refuse service – as approved by Cabinet on 27 June.


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‘Fly the Red Duster’ 

31 Aug 17

Lord Mayor Cllr Anne Underwood Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Anne Underwood, will fly the Red Ensign – or ‘Red Duster’ as it is known – tomorrow at 10am (Friday 1 September) outside the Council House in Victoria Square.


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Brand new leisure centre opens in Erdington 

31 Aug 17

Erdington Leisure Centre’s pool A brand new sports facility in north Birmingham opens to the public on Monday 4 September.


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Heritage Open Days at Stirchley Baths 

30 Aug 17

On Sunday 10 September, Stirchley Baths, a community hub on Bournville Lane, Stirchley, will be showcasing its heritage as an Edwardian swimming baths and public washhouse.


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Bus lane enforcement cameras set to go live 

29 Aug 17

The next phase of bus lane enforcement cameras are set to go live in Birmingham – with a clear warning to motorists: cross the line, pay the fine.


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Best of British business backs Birmingham bid 

25 Aug 17

The Birmingham 2022 bid team today unveiled its plans to showcase the best of UK industry and business to a global audience, as part of its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.


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Flytipper jailed for dumping waste across Brum 

23 Aug 17

Two Birmingham men who ran an unlicensed waste collection service received prison sentences totalling 40 months after admitting to 16 offences at Birmingham Crown Court today (23 August 2017).


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Stars of screen and sport back the 2022 bid 

23 Aug 17

Hollywood stars Julie Walters and David Harewood are joining with over 60 top sports stars to back Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


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Birmingham boosts 2022 Bid with Baton visit 

18 Aug 17

The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will visit Birmingham 0n Sunday 20 August The visit will boost Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid as the City confirms its submission for phase two of the Bid process…


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Library of Birmingham hosts Lok Virsa festival 

18 Aug 17

A colourful one-day arts festival celebrating South Asian heritage is being staged at the Library of Birmingham next week.


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Birmingham’s response to the terrorist attack in Barcelona 

18 Aug 17

Message from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham following yesterday’s attack in Barcelona.


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Hajj travel firm and director ordered to pay £43,000 

17 Aug 17

A travel firm offering Hajj and Umrah trips and its director have been ordered to pay £43,000 – after being convicted last year for misleading customers – at Birmingham Crown Court today (17 August 2017).


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Eurostar arrives in Brum as training for National College for High Speed Rail 

17 Aug 17

National College for High Speed Rail receives donation of Eurostar ‘power car’ from Alstom Former high-speed train will be used for virtual reality training at the college in Birmingham Birmingham today welcomed a symbol of the city’…


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London landlord fined for Selly Oak student property 

17 Aug 17

A landlord from London was ordered to pay £4,485.17 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (17 August 2017) for breaching legislation designed to protect his student tenants at a property in Tiverton Road, Selly Oak.


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Understanding your options – advise for A-level students 

17 Aug 17

Councillor Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills, looks at the options open to those getting their A-level results today.


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Waste collection dispute – statement 

16 Aug 17

Statement in response to announcements by Acas and Unite A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “The Acas statement in connection with the waste and refuse dispute does not represent the council’s  position until these matters …


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Birmingham marks 70 years of Indian and Pakistan independence 

14 Aug 17

Pakistan’s Consul General Syed Ahmed Maroof (sixth from left) and Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Carl Rice, raising Pakistan’s flag today.


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Refuse collections – An open letter to citizens 

11 Aug 17

Dear citizen of Birmingham, First and foremost we want to apologise for the continued disruption to city residents as a result of the ongoing industrial action by Unite the union in relation to refuse collection services in the city.


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Basketball and Urban Street Festival at heart of Brum bid 

10 Aug 17

Birmingham’s Victoria Square would transform into a sporting and cultural landmark for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as the bid team unveils the city centre location as the venue for 3×3 Basketball and 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball…


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Landlord ordered to pay £10,007 for unsafe property 

7 Aug 17

Damaged door in Tiverton Road house.


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Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Library of Birmingham announce joint conferencing and events venture 

7 Aug 17

Suzanna Reid, Commercial Director of Unique Venues Birmingham Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Library of Birmingham have today (7 August 2017) announced a joint conferencing and events venture, Unique Venues Birmingham (UVB).


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Response to Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel letter 

4 Aug 17

The Leader of Birmingham City Council responds to the latest letter from the Independent Improvement Panel.


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Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel publishes letter to DCLG 

4 Aug 17

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel today published a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government , reporting on Birmingham City Council’s improvement progress since February 2017.


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Cowboy builder ordered to pay £17,106 

3 Aug 17

A Birmingham builder who took more than £12,000 in payments for unfinished and unnecessary construction work on an Edgbaston property was ordered to pay £17,106 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (3 August 2017).


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Search for developer to transform Birmingham Smithfield begins 

3 Aug 17

The search for a development partner to lead one of the largest city centre regeneration opportunities in Europe has formally commenced.


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Books of Remembrance relocated to Library of Birmingham 

2 Aug 17

Image courtesy: Christian Richters Books of Remembrance previously housed in the Hall of Memory can now be viewed on the ground floor of the Library of Birmingham.


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Young athletes back the Birmingham 2022 bid 

1 Aug 17

Five talented young Midlands athletes from a range of sports gathered in Birmingham yesterday (July 31) to reveal why they are backing Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.


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US athletics stars take part in city Sports Festival 

31 Jul 17

To coincide with USA Track and Field’s training camp in Birmingham, a community sports festival took place in the city’s Perry Park – right next door to the Alexander Stadium, where some of the world’s best athletes are fine tuning their…


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American and Jamaican athletes attend Civic Service at Birmingham Cathedral 

30 Jul 17

To celebrate their visit to Birmingham, and to enable the city to wish them well before they head to the IAAF World Championships in London,  athletes, coaches and staff from USA Track Field (USATF) and the Jamaican Track and Field team were…


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USA Track & Field back in Birmingham ahead of IAAF World Championships 

28 Jul 17

USA athletes Natasha Hastings and Dawn Harper-Nelson on the track  at Alexander Stadium.


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Birmingham 2022 Bid celebrates summer of sporting success 

28 Jul 17

It has been an incredible summer of sport for Midlands athletes, coinciding with Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


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Tackling Brum’s housing shortage with creative thinking 

25 Jul 17

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 &#8211…


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City work on extremism honoured in the USA 

25 Jul 17

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


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Further talks on refuse dispute 

21 Jul 17

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


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Birmingham Archives and Collections achieves national accreditation 

20 Jul 17

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).


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

19 Jul 17

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…


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Brendan Foster joins Birmingham 2022 bid team 

19 Jul 17

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


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Encampments banned from city parks for two years 

18 Jul 17

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


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Green Flag success for Birmingham parks and crematoria 

18 Jul 17

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


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Birmingham Children’s Trust takes next step forward 

18 Jul 17

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


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Library of Birmingham to set up partnership with The REP 

17 Jul 17

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).


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Travel agents targeted in Hajj fraud operation 

14 Jul 17

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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Connecting Stories opens tomorrow at Library of Birmingham 

14 Jul 17

Foundry worker, Cradley Heath.


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Birmingham ‘Rights Rangers’ promoting children’s rights 

13 Jul 17

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.


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Plans for a rating scheme for private hire firms 

13 Jul 17

Cllr Barbara Dring Private hire firms in Birmingham could be rated in a similar way to food businesses if a new ratings scheme is approved, subject to consultation with the trade.


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Rough Sleepers Task Force launched in city centre 

12 Jul 17

Staff, partners and councillors at the Rough Sleeper Task Force Launch Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have today launched a Rough Sleepers Task Force to bring key organisations together to address city centre rough sleeping…


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Statement: Jamaican team returns to University of Birmingham 

12 Jul 17

Cllr Ian Ward The following statement from Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, comes after the University of Birmingham announced they will be hosting the  Jamaican Track and Field team, as they prepare for the IAAF World…