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Secret council plan to let independent trust run Birmingham children’s social care is shelved

On December 2nd, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A high-risk strategy that would have seen Birmingham city council voluntarily hand control of its children’s social services department to an independent trust has been shelved. Council leader Sir Albert via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/secret-council-plan-to-let-independent-trust-run-birmingham-childrens-social-care-is-shelved/

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Birmingham’s sharing the pain, but from outside the tent

On November 29th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

If there were an online dating agency for councils, would Birmingham join? My guess is no. The rationalisation would be the subscription fee, which would obviously be attacked by the via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birminghams-sharing-the-pain-but-from-outside-the-tent/

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West Midlands Police Commissioner Bob Jones publishes blueprint to end his career

On November 28th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones is continuing to talk himself out of a job by publishing a blueprint for the future of policing showing how he could via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/west-midlands-police-commissioner-bob-jones-publishes-blueprint-to-end-his-career/

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Ed Balls gets a lesson in ‘Clancynomics’… but don’t tell Sir Albert Bore

On November 27th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Whisper it softly and certainly don’t tell Sir Albert Bore but it seems that ‘Clancynomics’, the radical financial policy devised by backbench Birmingham city councillor John Clancy, is making an impact via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/ed-balls-gets-a-lesson-in-clancynomics-but-dont-tell-sir-albert-bore/

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Historic Moseley Road baths to close as Council transforms services in the face of budget cuts

On November 26th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham’s historic Moseley Road swimming baths is to close as part of a radical restructuring of city council-owned leisure services, it has been confirmed. The Grade 11 listed building, one via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/historic-moseley-road-baths-to-close-as-council-transforms-services-in-the-face-of-budget-cuts/

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Policing comes full circle: Labour review calls for PCCs to be abolished

On November 25th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Ed Miliband has given the clearest hint yet that he would move quickly to abolish Police and Crime Commissioners if Labour wins the next General Election. Mr Miliband backed recommendations via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/policing-comes-full-circle-labour-review-calls-for-pccs-to-be-abolished/

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Birmingham City Council Chief Exec calls for greater financial freedom

On November 25th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A radical plan to make local government funding fairer is being promoted by Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes. Mr Hughes wants to scrap revenue support grant – worth via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-city-council-chief-exec-calls-for-greater-financial-freedom/

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Remembering Kennedy: the Myth of Camelot

On November 22nd, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, lead blogger (and amateur Kennedy scholar) Paul Dale recalls his personal memories of the day and assesses JFK’s legacy. Details of the shooting via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/remembering-kennedy-the-myth-of-camelot/

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Birmingham’s ‘Lost Boys (& Girls)’: Council chief executive tells Minister “we’ve temporarily ‘lost’ 2,500 young people”

On November 21st, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Just when it seemed that things could hardly get worse for Birmingham’s children’s services …..they have. The city council has lost track of 2,500 youngsters aged 16 to 17 and via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birminghams-lost-boys-girls-council-chief-executive-tells-minister-weve-temporarily-lost-2500-young-people/

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Birmingham council must slash debt and take tough decisions on services to remain a ‘going concern’, auditors warn

On November 20th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham City Council has been issued with a formal warning that it must make tough choices about cutting or even scrapping services if it is to remain financially stable and via The Chamberlain Files http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-council-must-slash-debt-and-take-tough-decisions-on-services-to-remain-a-going-concern-auditors-warn/

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