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Our iconic Birmingham Curzon station scheme ‘music to the ears’ for HS2 chiefs, insists city planner

On March 31st, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Initial proposals for the Birmingham Curzon Street high speed rail station resembled a “very simple box” and were not good enough for a project of international importance, the city council’s via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1hrfEO6

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Social services: uncertainty remains as separation of commissioning and provision remains option

On March 31st, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Following publication of the damning Le Grand report into Birmingham’s social services, chief blogger Paul Dale gives his analysis of the study and finds the outlook far from certain.  The via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1iR1GVJ

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Commissioner to oversee Birmingham children’s social care after council improvement plan found to ‘lack coherence’

On March 27th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The Government has appointed a Commissioner to oversee Birmingham city council children’s social care after concluding that efforts to improve the failing service aren’t working quickly enough. Lord Norman Warner via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/P5ldqR

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Greater Birmingham campaign puts Labour high command on the spot

On March 26th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has urged Labour to pursue a radical decentralisation programme if the party wins next year’s General Election, raising the likelihood that a Greater Birmingham council would via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1jtUFO6

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Birmingham Council chief exec Mark Rogers takes on new role in Coventry

On March 25th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Mark Rogers, Birmingham city council’s new chief executive, has taken on additional responsibilities less than a month after settling into his job. He is to chair an improvement board to via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1feldLC

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BBC adopts guerrilla tactics to put Birmingham at heart of modernisation drive

On March 25th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham is at the centre of a BBC modernisation drive as the corporation reinvents itself for the digital age in an effort to appeal to a younger and more diverse via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1gwNRgs

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We’re crushing local government; now let’s get councillors

On March 24th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Last week’s Budget announcements on pensions gives Files regular Chris Game another angle from which to question the Government’s approach to the size of councils and how councillors are compensated. He via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1dihstf

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Reputational damage to Birmingham from Trojan Horse claims ‘incalculable’

On March 24th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Claims that Birmingham schools are at risk of being taken over by Muslim radicals are on the verge of spiralling out of control as Ofsted moves to sack the governing via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1oTwCqP

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Osborne’s Budget cash help for aviation fails to take off at Birmingham Airport

On March 21st, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The small print in George Osborne’s Budget turned out to be bad news for Birmingham Airport. When the Chancellor announced a £10 million two-year  fund to subsidise new routes from via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1oE6TCn

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HS2 ‘a great British success story’ if we repeat the Olympic Games spirit, says Treasury chief

On March 21st, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Britain must evoke the 2012 Olympic Games spirit and get behind HS2 to create jobs and regeneration from the ground-breaking high speed rail project, experts have warned today. A report via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1lVENRr

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