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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…


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Statement on Srebrenica Memorial Day 2017 

11 Jul 17

Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equaility, has signed up to a letter from the Remembering Srebrenica organisation on the exact anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995… This year, we are…


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A38 Kingsbury Road closures and diversions 

7 Jul 17

The following closures and diversions are in place following a road traffic collision this morning on the A38 Kingsbury Road: A38 Kingsbury Road closed between Tyburn Roundabout (A452 Chester Road) and Midpoint Park Diversion route via A452…


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Birmingham barrister landlord fined for fire hazard property 

6 Jul 17

A Birmingham barrister and landlord from Erdington was ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (6 July 2017) for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three storey property in Hunton…


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University of Birmingham backs 2022 bid 

5 Jul 17

University of Birmingham backs the Birmingham 2022 Bid University of Birmingham to host Hockey and Squash for Birmingham 2022 Facilities at University of Birmingham will also be used as training venues Volunteering and career development …


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‘Peddimore, Birmingham’ development to create 10,000 jobs 

5 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council has today launched one of the UK’s prime industrial development opportunities to potential developers and investors, leading the way for the creation of up to 10,000 jobs set to contribute £350 million to the local …


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Building great homes, creating great places – Birmingham leads the way 

5 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council has today (July 5) launched its new housing pamphlet – “Building great homes, creating great places – Birmingham leads the way”.


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Get wise, don’t get scammed this summer 

4 Jul 17

Birmingham residents are being urged to get wise to the tricks con artists and rogue traders use, by attending a series of free roadshows across the city in July.


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Waste collection update – July 4 

4 Jul 17

The following is an updated statement from Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, after yesterday’s industrial action by some members of the refuse collection service: “Our proposals are all about improving services for the people…


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Child sexual exploitation – how to recognise the stages of grooming 

4 Jul 17

Advice on how to recognise the stages of grooming is available from a regional partnership to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).


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Car part firm directors ordered to pay £15,963 

3 Jul 17

Three brothers who ran a Birmingham-based car parts firm were given community orders and told to pay £15,963 in costs and compensation for misleading customers who ordered items from their company at Birmingham Crown Court today (3 July 2017…


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Why we need to modernise refuse collection 

30 Jun 17

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, writes on why change is needed to Birmingham’s refuse collection services… Jacqui Kennedy – Corporate Director for Place I understand why the industrial action over the future of waste collection…


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New images of rejuvenated Alexander Stadium for 2022 bid 

29 Jun 17

Overhead image of what the revamped Alexander Stadium could look like during a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Sitting at the heart of the UK, and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is well positioned to attract …


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Shopkeeper told to pay £228,737 in proceeds of crime 

29 Jun 17

TS Officer Geary Warmington with illegal products seized A Birmingham trader who was found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and tobacco, has been ordered to pay £228,737 after a proceeds of crime hearing at Birmingham Crown Court …


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Birmingham celebrates its mental health professionals 

29 Jun 17

Bridget Sullivan-Blakeney (above) talks about her role as an AMHP Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, and Mental Health Champion, praises the work done by Birmingham City Council’s Approved Mental Health …


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Plan to help better manage money 

28 Jun 17

Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality at Birmingham City Council, writes on the upcoming launch of the Birmingham Financial Inclusion Partnership’s new strategy document (on June 28) and how it is being…


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IAAF World Indoor Champs team unveils official mascot 

27 Jun 17

Ruby the Red Panda, the official mascot for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, has been unveiled today with the help of World Championship 1500m silver medallist, Hannah England.


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Arts Council funding for city’s cultural sector 

27 Jun 17

Cllr Ian Ward Arts Council England (ACE) has announced £88.7 million investment in Birmingham’s cultural sector – with funding for 37 arts organisations across the city over the next four years (2018-2022).


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Cowboy builder is jailed for two years 

27 Jun 17

A Staffordshire builder who took cash in advance for unfinished construction work was given a 24 month prison sentence, at Birmingham Crown Court today (27 June 2017).


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Plans to modernise waste services announced 

27 Jun 17

A report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet on June 27 has set out plans for a modern refuse service.


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Business charge for vans at city tips 

26 Jun 17

A plan to make it as easy as possible for residents to dispose of waste at the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will see businesses using vans charged to dispose of their waste from 10 July 2017.


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Dog control consultation begins today 

26 Jun 17

City residents, in particular dog owners, are being invited to have their say on proposals to introduce Public Space Protection Orders to tackle dog control issues from today (26 June 2017).


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City to observe Finsbury Park silence today 

26 Jun 17

There will be a national one minute silence today, Monday 26 June at 12 noon, for the victims of the attack near Finsbury Park Mosque.


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City reveals world-class indoor arenas for Commonwealths bid 

26 Jun 17

Birmingham reveals world class indoor arenas for 2022 Commonwealth Games bid Four indoor arenas in Birmingham and Solihull to host seven sports NEC central to Birmingham’s bid 95% of venues identified for Birmingham 2022 already built Building…


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Birmingham City Council to fit sprinklers in tower blocks 

22 Jun 17

Birmingham City Council’s residential tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinkler systems and other fire suppression measures following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, where 79 people are known to have died.


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Officers seize 30,000 illegal cigarettes in city raids 

22 Jun 17

Trading Standards officer Mohammed Tariq with the illegal cigarettes Trading Standards officers seized illegal cigarettes worth £7,500 in a series of planned raids on six shops in Birmingham yesterday (21 June 2017).


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Bids to Young Active Travel fund being welcomed 

22 Jun 17

Organisations with ideas on how to encourage parents and pupils to reduce school car journeys are being invited to bid for funds from the Birmingham Young Active Travel Trust.


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Statement on Paul Dransfield 

21 Jun 17

Paul Dransfield to leave council following significant contribution to city and council life Paul Dransfield has announced he is set to leave Birmingham City Council after 10 years, and a previous 23 years in the Midlands.


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City to observe Grenfell Tower silence today 

19 Jun 17

There will be a national one minute silence today, Monday 19 June at 11am, for the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze.


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New and fairer system for early years services in Birmingham 

19 Jun 17

“To give every child in Birmingham an equal chance to have the best start in life so they can achieve their full potential.