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‘Ask before you film’ council protocol rejected as Birmingham bloggers sense victory

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

An attempt by Birmingham city council’s chief legal officer to place restrictions on people filming meetings backfired after it became clear the plan didn’t have political backing from councillors. David via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1aHUOnF

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Birmingham City Council announces the safe arrival of £13m airport share dividend

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

Birmingham Labour councillors are in the almost unheard of position of discussing which public spending cuts to restore following a series of surprise upturns in the city council’s finances. A via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/Kxh64O

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Barrow leaves as dust settles on Council management shake-up

On January 20th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Senior Council Director Mark Barrow, Strategic Director for Development and Culture, has stepped down as Birmingham City Council completes its management restructure. In a press release issued by the Council, via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1e54yMk

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Birmingham set to risk Eric Pickles’ wrath by imposing 2% council tax rise

On January 20th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham is set to join scores of local authorities in defying Communities Secretary Eric Pickles by approving a two per cent council tax increase. Mr Pickles is offering a cash via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/LGzxF3

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Three more years in charge of Greater Birmingham LEP for Andy Street

On January 20th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Andy Street, the chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, has been given a three year extension to his contract ensuring that he remains in post until via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1eYyaMu

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A quick fix for Birmingham children’s social services will be neither quick, nor a fix

On January 17th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Andy Howell’s thoughtful Chamberlain Files article analysing the deep-seated problems faced by Birmingham children’s social services deserves to be taken very seriously by those charged with turning around this failing via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1hxEkTW

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Sir Albert’s difficult day with the BBC, and Cllr Clancy pops up on the Jeremy Vine Show

On January 16th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The BBC’s presence in Birmingham is generally regarded as a ‘good thing’ by the city council – something to be praised and defended at all costs. But council leader Sir Albert via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1j03dIi

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Bore, Ward and Capita Service Birmingham: Curiouser and Curiouser

On January 15th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

This is an extended version of a similar piece that appeared on David Bailey’s blog on the Birmingham Post in light of Albert Bore’s comments today. One of my main criticisms via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1aoxgDY

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Business leaders favour ‘Greater Birmingham’ for elite HS2 college

On January 15th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Plans for an ‘elite’ engineering college to provide the skilled workforce needed to build the HS2 high speed rail scheme have been announced by the Government, signalling a bidding war from Local Enterprise via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1cnkTYJ

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Birmingham bets on understanding neighbours in land bank bid for 29,000 new homes

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

All of the nine local authorities bordering Birmingham have been asked to identify vacant land to help the city address its acute housing shortage, it has emerged. Planners at Solihull, via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1m0pNTB

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