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Lifford Lane HRC – service update 

14 Mar 16

The following is a statement on services offered at the Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre (HRC): A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “The first decent weekend of weather this year inevitably saw an increase in visitor numbers…


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MIPIM: Putting Birmingham in the shop window 

14 Mar 16

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clancy, looks at why events in the South of France this week could have a major impact on the future development of Birmingham.


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Birmingham men urged not to miss out on FREE health MOT 

14 Mar 16

A growing number of Brummies are signing-up for a FREE health MOT that can identify the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.


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Community litter picks – how to get involved 

11 Mar 16

Have you ever wanted to do your bit and help ensure your neighbourhood has cleaner and greener streets? Birmingham City Council can help you plan and prepare a community litter pick.


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Statement from leaders to improvement panel – March 2016 

10 Mar 16

Appearing before the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel’s (BIIP) fourth public meeting, the leaders of the three political groups reiterated their continued cross-party commitment to delivering on the agenda to improve how the council…


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Update on Cleaner Greener Streets – March 2016 

10 Mar 16

An infographic outlining various facts and figures relating to Birmingham City Council’s waste management service has been published.


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Gritting alert – March 9 

9 Mar 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts It is going to be another cold night so Birmingham’s gritters will be going out to treat the roads at 8pm tonight.


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Partnerships: Happy to take a back-seat if we get the right outcome 

9 Mar 16

With partnership working growing in importance, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton , looks at a new project that sees Birmingham City Council working with two charities to feed Birmingham’s homeless.


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Bladder and kidney cancer awareness roadshow visits Birmingham 

8 Mar 16

Be Clear on Cancer’s ‘Blood in Pee’ roadshow is touring the country and visiting   the Swan Centre in Yardley, Birmingham on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March  to raise awareness amongst residents of blood in pee as a key symptom for both …


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Working with local landlords to deliver affordable housing 

8 Mar 16

Cllr John Cotton 150 landlords are heading to Millennium Point this Thursday for the Birmingham Landlord Forum, a joint event between the National Landlords Association and Birmingham City Council’s Private Rented Service.


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Organisations rewarded for cycling and walking efforts 

8 Mar 16

Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall (centre) with some of this year’s award winners.


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Birmingham prepares for St Patrick’s Day Parade 

8 Mar 16

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Birmingham on Sunday, March 13, when the theme will be the phoenix.


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‘Apollo’ lands at Birmingham’s advanced manufacturing hub 

8 Mar 16

Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have selected Trebor Developments to bring forward the first speculative industrial facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in Aston, Birmingham.


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Get your dog microchipped for free 

7 Mar 16

Dog owners across Birmingham are being encouraged to get their pets microchipped before a new change in the law comes into effect next month.


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Gritting Alert – March 6 

6 Mar 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts Our gritting crews will be out on the roads from 6pm tonight and we’re due to treat footpaths at 4am tomorrow morning.


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Gritting Alert – March 5 

5 Mar 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts The cold weather continues, so Birmingham’s gritting teams will be out once again from 8pm this evening.


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Warning over lead in rolling pins 

4 Mar 16

Cooking utensils with 14% lead Birmingham City Council Trading Standards Officers have seized rolling pins and other cooking utensils in Small Heath which after analysis have been found to contain 14% lead.


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Lord Mayor welcomes GB Davis Cup Team to Birmingham 

4 Mar 16

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall has welcomed the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team to Birmingham for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.


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Gritting Alert – March 4 

4 Mar 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts It was another cold night so Birmingham’s gritters went out to treat the roads at 1.45am this morning.


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Birmin-gum cleans for The Queen this weekend 

3 Mar 16

Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall A campaign to get people out and about cleaning up their communities is being backed by Birmingham City Council.


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Gritting Alert – Mar 3 

3 Mar 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts It was another cold night so Birmingham’s gritters went out to treat the roads at 5.15am this morning.


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Time to reduce our packaging excesses 

2 Mar 16

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director for Place at Birmingham City Council, blogs about what is being done to reduce the amount of waste created by excess packaging on products we buy on a day-to-day basis… Jacqui Kennedy –…


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Leader’s budget speech 2016 

1 Mar 16

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr John Clancy’s Business Plan and Budget 2016+ speech to Full Council on 1 March 2016 .


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Sutton Coldfield Parish Council welcomed by Secretary of State 

1 Mar 16

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP, has shown his support for the creation of a Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in a statement read out by Birmingham City Council Leader Cllr John Clancy – “I would…


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Men jailed for fly-tipping 

1 Mar 16

Two men have been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court today for fly-tipping following an investigation by Birmingham City Council’s Waste Enforcement Unit.


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Chance to check up on Council’s progress 

1 Mar 16

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel, appointed by the government to monitor Birmingham City Council’s improvement programme, has announced plans for its fourth public meeting.


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Secondary school intake – offers as at March 2016 

1 Mar 16

Today is national day of offer of secondary school places.


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Formal handover of Sutton Coldfield Civic Regalia 

29 Feb 16

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Raymond Hassall, will formally present the Sutton Coldfield Civic Regalia to the chairman of the Interim Parish Council, Cllr Anne Underwood, during a Civic Reception at the Council House tomorrow (Tuesday…


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Gritting Alert – Feb 28 

28 Feb 16

West Midlands Gritting Alerts Another cold night forecast so Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 6pm.


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Gritting Alert – Feb 26 

26 Feb 16

Another cold night forecast so Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 8pm.


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Introducing Housing Birmingham 

25 Feb 16

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management Homes, and Jonathan Driffill, Chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership, talk about Housing Birmingham, the new partnership between Birmingham City Council and housing providers…


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LGBT debate examines ‘Faith and the LGBT Community in 2016’ 

25 Feb 16

This year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month theme is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy: A Leap of Faith’ , and the month closes with a debate on ‘Faith and the LGBT Community in 2016&#8242…


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Syrian refugees update – February 2016 

24 Feb 16

Birmingham City Council welcomed its third group of refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme today (February 24).


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Gritting Alert – Feb 23 

23 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 7pm.


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Working with partners to feed the homeless 

23 Feb 16

Birmingham City Council has joined forces with two city charities to help improve the lives of hundreds of homeless people.


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Greater Icknield transformation vision 

22 Feb 16

A vision for the sustainable transformation of the area between the City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir has been approved.


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Elections 2016: Don’t lose your right to vote 

19 Feb 16

People across the city are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote in May’s local elections.


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Candidates briefings for local and Police & Crime Commissioner elections 

19 Feb 16

People wishing to stand in the local elections, including those for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, are invited to attend candidates briefings, which begin next week.


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Chinese restaurant takes away a £7,000 fine 

18 Feb 16

A Birmingham restaurant, which pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 was ordered to pay more than £7,500 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (18 February 2016).


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Gritting Alert – Feb 18 

18 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 8pm tonight.


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Greater Birmingham’s largest ever MIPIM programme 

18 Feb 16

Greater Birmingham’s ‘Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ showcased to investors at MIPIM 2016 Greater Birmingham reveals its biggest events programme to date ahead of international property exhibition MIPIM Midlands regions join forces to promote…


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Improvement Panel public meeting on 10 March 

17 Feb 16

You can now register to attend Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel’s fourth public meeting on 10 March (12-2pm) in the Council House.


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Gritting Alert – Feb 17 

17 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 12:30am.


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Taxi licence fees reduced for 2016/17 

17 Feb 16

Licence fees for Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers are to be significantly lowered – and in some cases almost halved – after councillors agreed them earlier today (17 February).


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Experience Birmingham’s arts scene for young people at YAY16 launch event 

17 Feb 16

Members of the public are being invited to a free event marking the launch of the Year of Arts and Young People 2016 (YAY16) in Birmingham this week.


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Research work starts on Clean Air Zone 

17 Feb 16

As part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to meet EU air quality targets through the introduction of measures including Clean Air Zones (CAZ), a trial to gather information on vehicle emissions in Birmingham has started this week.


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Positive response to WMCA survey 

17 Feb 16

There were over 1900 responses to the survey that will help government decide whether it is appropriate to form a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).


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No congestion charge in Birmingham 

17 Feb 16

Response to claims that Birmingham City Council is planning to introduce a congestion charge.


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Perry Barr subway project approved 

17 Feb 16

A project that is set to kick-start the transformation of Perry Barr has been approved.


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More funding to target rogue landlords in Birmingham 

16 Feb 16

Cllr John Cotton Birmingham is set to bring even more unscrupulous landlords to justice, thanks to a successful bid to the government for Rogue Landlords Funding to the tune of £110k.


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Birmingham Care Wage – why it’s the right thing to do 

16 Feb 16

As the city council’s business plan and budget 2016+ is discussed at cabinet, council leader Cllr John Clancy talks about why increasing pay for carers during a time of ever-deepening cuts is the right thing to do.


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Officers seize 21,300 illegal cigarettes in city raids 

15 Feb 16

Illegal cigarettes worth about £8,000 were seized by trading standards officers in a series of planned raids on eight retail premises across in the Erdington district today (15 February 2016).


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Gritting Alert – Feb 15 

15 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 6pm tonight.


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Gritting Alert – Feb 14 

14 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 6pm tonight.


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Birmingham launches School Crossing Safety Trust 

11 Feb 16

Birmingham City Council has guaranteed there will be no school crossing patrol job losses next year after launching the School Crossing Safety Trust.


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Business Plan and Budget: Carers set for wage boost 

11 Feb 16

Thousands of Birmingham carers are set for a wage boost after Birmingham City Council developed the new Birmingham Care Wage.


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Gritting Alert – Feb 11 

11 Feb 16

Birmingham’s gritters will be heading out to treat the roads at 7pm tonight.


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Birmingham Living Wage: How we did it 

11 Feb 16

Claire Ward – Assistant Director (Workforce Strategy) – blogs on how Birmingham City Council has implemented the Birmingham Living Wage… Claire Ward – Assistant Director (Workforce Strategy) Back in 2012, the first act of the incoming…


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Trading Standards stop sales of dangerous hoverboards 

11 Feb 16

Trading Standards officers stopped nearly 1,800 unsafe ‘hoverboards’ from being sold to consumers in Birmingham during the run up to Christmas, according to a new report.


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Birmingham Skills Investment Plan set for approval 

11 Feb 16

Cllr Penny Holbrook Cabinet is set to approve the adoption of a plan to tackle the long-standing issue of low skills in Birmingham by ensuring people of all ages are equipped with the skills they need to secure sustainable and well-paid jobs…