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Children’s Social Services: Time for Wragg MkII

On January 14th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A former deputy Birmingham council leader, Andy Howell, is calling for an independent commission to investigate the city’s inadequate children’s social services and draw up a blueprint for improvement. Mr via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/childrens-social-services-time-for-wragg-mkii/

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Our support for HS2 ‘hasn’t been bought’ says Birmingham Chamber

On January 14th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has rejected a suggestion that its support for high speed rail is in any way influenced by the fact that it is being paid by the via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/our-support-for-hs2-hasnt-been-bought-birmingham-chamber-says/

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Sir Albert trapped in Groundhog Day horror, but ‘end of local government’ can’t be delayed for ever

On January 13th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, could be forgiven for thinking that he has somehow slipped into an updated version of the film Groundhog Day. For Sir via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/sir-albert-trapped-in-groundhog-day-horror-but-end-of-local-government-cant-be-delayed-for-ever/

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Birmingham Council’s Capita contract row heralds happy new year for m’learned friends

On January 10th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A pledge to publish Birmingham City Council’s £120 million contract with private outsourcing firm Capita has become bogged down in protracted negotiations between lawyers, it is claimed. Council leader Sir via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-councils-capita-contract-row-heralds-happy-new-year-for-mlearned-friends/

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February by-election ‘fraught with danger’ for Labour in Kingstanding

On January 9th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The Labour Party is facing a potentially tricky by-election in Kingstanding following the surprise resignation of Birmingham city councillor Catharine Grundy. While the predominantly white working class ward, with high unemployment and via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/february-by-election-fraught-with-danger-for-labour-in-kingstanding/

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Hurricane Benefits Street: a perfect Twitterstorm

On January 9th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

I suggest Benefits Street has achieved what Jon Bounds has termed 0.7 Morans. The ‘Moran Scale’, much like its Richter or Beaufort equivalents, is a means by which Mr Bounds via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/hurricane-benefits-street-a-perfect-twitterstorm/

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The Children’s Triumvirate: a quick guide to the expert panel reviewing Birmingham’s social services

On January 8th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

This week a team of experts is starting its review of Birmingham City Council’s improvement plans for Children’s social services. The Chamberlain Files provides a brief profile of the trio via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/the-childrens-triumvirate-a-quick-guide-to-the-expert-panel-reviewing-birminghams-social-services/

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Funding for libraries to shrink by 90%, as MP urges Government to treat Birmingham fairly

On January 8th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Questions from the public at the January meeting of Birmingham City Council were dominated, not for the first time, by concerns about the future of community libraries. Of all the via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/funding-for-libraries-to-shrink-by-90-as-mp-urges-government-to-treat-birmingham-fairly/

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Birmingham council edges closer to £250m NEC Group ‘sale of the century’

On January 8th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham City Council is inching closer towards selling its interest in the NEC Group, with a decision on disposing of the conferencing venues likely to be made before the end via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-council-edges-closer-to-250m-nec-group-sale-of-the-century/

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Birmingham is not a ‘contaminated brand’, says children’s chief

On January 6th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

As an expert panel descends on Birmingham City Council to investigate the city’s besieged children’s services, the Chamberlain Files brings you an exclusive interview with the department’s Strategic Director, Peter Hay. Three experts via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-is-not-a-contaminated-brand-says-childrens-chief/

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