Birmingham City Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 67 Total councillors 67 Change+1

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 25 Total councillors 25 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 8 Change-3

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2016

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'One in ten' city women experience period poverty

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tom Dare

Birmingham should provide free sanitary products in its council buildings, a city councillor says, after it was revealed that one in ten women in the city have experienced period poverty.

Birmingham council house
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'Period poverty' refers to a lack of knowledge or access to sanitary products due to financial constraints with figures presented to a meeting suggesting 32,490 women across the city have experienced this at some point.

An officer for Birmingham Youth Services said the organisation’s approach, which offers little in the way of provisions available, has not changed significantly in the 25 years that she has worked for the service.

Councillor Nicky Brennan, whose motion it was that began the debate, believes the council should start providing free sanitary products for women in all of its buildings.

Council chief executive set to leave

Birmingham City Council's chief executive's going to leave the authority after 16 months for a role in New Zealand.

Birmingham City Council building
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Dawn Baxendale's going to take on the same position at Christchurch City Council, although her leaving date's not been revealed.

Council Leader Ian Ward says she's helped the authority make "significant steps forward".

He highlighted the work on the Commonwealth Games, improvements to children's social care in the city and the controversial - and now delayed - Clean Air Zone.

However, in April, the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel warned the council's financial position remained "immensely serious".

The leader of the council's Conservative group, Robert Alden, said she would be "sorely missed".

Teachers to strike again over violence fears

BBC Midlands Today

Teachers at a school in Birmingham will strike for a second time today because of concerns about pupil behaviour and safety.

Teachers at a picket line last week
NASUWT

Some staff at Starbank Secondary School in Yardley took industrial action last week after claiming some pupils were armed with knives and threatening members of staff.

A teaching union said management had failed to deal with the troublemakers and that insufficient progress was made at a recent meeting with Birmingham City Council.

Last week, the authority said it was in discussions with trade unions and would make sure lessons continued.

Birmingham's £1.5bn masterplan may be reconsidered

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for the £1.5bn redevelopment of former wholesale markets sites in Birmingham might have to be reconsidered, following the release of alternative plans by a community group.

A Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee has asked for the local authority's own proposals to go back before councillors "as a matter of urgency".

Plans for Smithfield development
Birmingham City Council

Peter Culley, an architect who is supporting the alternative vision, produced by the City Park 4 Brum group, called the council plans "bland" and added: "It looks like a corporate American suburban plan from the 1990s.”

The campaign group would prefer the area to be turned into a green space with room for market stalls and a mock medieval moat.

Richard Cowell, assistant director of development for the council, defended the masterplan, which has taken four years to draw up, saying it would be key to delivering the housing and jobs Birmingham needed.

Rough sleeper numbers 'rise by 53%' in Birmingham

BBC WM

The number of people sleeping on the streets of Birmingham's risen by 53% in the last year, according to the city council.

A man sleeping rough on the streets.
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Since 2012, the authority's admitted rough sleeping's increased by 500% and 91 people are on the streets every night at the moment.

But it claims measures such as street intervention and a new initiative called Housing First are working.

The latter scheme gives homeless people with other issues such as addiction all the services they need in one place.

We've seen 58 people that were entrenched rough sleepers off the streets across the region. We've seen bed and breakfast usage come down from 700 to 360 roughly, so that's a huge improvement on the numbers of that."

Councillor Sharon ThompsonBirmingham City Council

'No overnight fix' for Birmingham's bin woes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

The councillor in charge of Birmingham's bin collections said there was "no overnight fix" after it was revealed last week that rubbish in the city was still going uncollected.

John O'Shea admitted that up to 900 collections were missed every day and told a council meeting on Tuesday that he was "under no illusions the service is not delivering".

Rats roam as hundreds of Birmingham bins go uncollected

"The problems are quite serious and need to be resolved," he said, explaining that there were lingering problems regarding routes and structures after workers changed from a five-day week to four.

However he said he was "confident they will be resolved and we will make the service better".

Refuse collections in Birmingham have been disrupted twice since a strike in 2017 about the changes to working patterns.

Benefits mum 'not intentionally homeless'

The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by Birmingham City Council to declare a mum-of-four as "intentionally homeless" after she could not afford to pay her rent.

Terryann Samuels fell into arrears in 2011 after a shortfall between her housing benefit and £700-a-month rent for a house in West Bromwich.

Supreme Court
PA

The council found her home was "affordable" and she had "flexibility" in her budget, which was made up of other benefits including welfare and child tax credits.

"I find it hard to see on what basis the finding of intentional homelessness could be properly upheld," Lord Carnwath, one of five Supreme Court judges looking at the case, said.

It was ruled Ms Samuels should not have had to use her other benefits to make up the shortfall in housing-related benefits and the judges called on the council to "accept full responsibility".

Homelessness charities supporting Ms Samuels, Shelter and Child Poverty Action Group, welcomed the ruling.

When someone is forced to choose between rent and keeping their children fed, they cannot be viewed as 'intentionally' homeless when they choose the latter."

Polly NeateChief Executive of Shelter

Birmingham declares 'climate emergency'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

Birmingham City Council has formally declared a "climate emergency" in the city and called on the government to help it become a zero-carbon city by 2030.

Youth Strike 4 Climate
BBC

At a meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed that climate change posed a "profound" risk to "life and property" in the city.

The newly formed Climate Emergency Task Force has been charged with creating a formal plan to cut the city's emissions by January, including a review of the Labour-run council's investments into transport, housing, waste and energy.

The authority's only Green Party member, Julien Pritchard, said it was a "watershed moment" and Labour's Lisa Trickett said the council "has to act and act now".

The declaration was welcomed by Birmingham Friends of the Earth who said it was an "historic" move.