Birmingham City Council
There has been a boundary change in Birmingham and there are 19 fewer seats than before.
To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say what the seats would have been in other elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 67||Total councillors 67||Change+1|
|Elected in 2018 25||Total councillors 25||Change+1|
|Elected in 2018 8||Total councillors 8||Change-3|
|Elected in 2018 1||Total councillors 1||Change+1|
|Councillors change compared with 2016|
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Birmingham families are to pay up to £166 extra per year after councillors agreed a council tax rise of 4.99%.Copyright: BBC
Council leader Ian Ward (pictured) defended the Labour leadership’s record on finances amid more than £730m in cuts since 2010.
Outlining achievements against the spectre of the pandemic, he said the authority had helped hundreds of rough sleepers, provided free school meal vouchers for children and delivered food packages and more.
Mr Ward said the government’s "failure to act" over a social care funding crisis had meant the council had been forced to put council tax up.
The Conservative group said the leadership’s financial plan for 2021 to 2025 showed there was a projected overspend of £80.5m in four years’ time.
Conservative group leader Robert Alden said: "The council should not stand idly by when it has been given the ammunition by the government to be able to help those in need in our city."
Liberal Democrat group leader Jon Hunt said the leadership’s plans to increase funding for fly-tipping and climate change were "steps in the right direction", but he said there had been "no public consultation about this budget".
The council’s Green councillor Julien Pritchard said the budget was “insufficient” on tackling the climate emergency despite promises around the sustainability team.
Political Reporter, BBC Radio WM
Birmingham City Council will be led by another interim chief executive, because not enough suitable candidates have been found.
Chris Naylor, who is on secondment from Barking and Dagenham Council, is due to leave on 6 March and his replacement will have the role until the summer of 2022.Copyright: PA Media
Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We intend to appoint an interim chief executive who it is envisaged will remain in post to take us beyond both next year’s local elections and the Commonwealth Games.
"This will provide much needed stability at a critical time."
He said recruiting their successor on a permanent basis would begin after next year’s local elections in May.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Birmingham Airport will receive a loan of up to £18.5m from the city council and might need more in the future.
Passenger numbers between April and December last year were down 91% because of coronavirus and members of the authority's cabinet agreed to the loan at a meeting yesterday.Copyright: BBC
The meeting heard all seven local authorities in the West Midlands were asked for help and four are contributing to the loan along with a shareholder, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
But Conservative councillor Meirion Jenkins said: "Right now, looking at the prospects for air travel, I really don’t know what the future holds.
"My question is – if we put this money in… how confident are we that more won't be required?"
Council leader Ian Ward said he is "reasonably confident this is a number that we will not have to revisit."
But added: "We don’t know with any certainty what will happen with the pandemic so there is always a possibility that this sum of money will not be sufficient."
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The introduction of Birmingham's Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will not be delayed for those people who are travelling for vaccinations at Millennium Point later this year.
The city council said it will stick with its June start date and the council leader Ian Ward said "I don’t think the CAZ is going to be impacting on people receiving the vaccine at all."
Once it is introduced, drivers of high-polluting cars are set to pay £8 to travel into the centre of Birmingham, in an effort to reduce pollution.Copyright: BBC
The leader of the opposition Conservative group, Robert Alden, also said he had concerns about signs which are already up, warning about the introduction of the CAZ.
He said he thought they might put off people travelling for their vaccinations and asked for them to be covered up.
"Urgent clarity" is being sought by Birmingham City Council over the government's plan for Covid testing schemes in secondary schools in England.
With term ending before Christmas, head teachers have been told they have to set up testing for pupils next term, meaning staff working through Christmas to be ready.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the idea was to get pupils back safely when they returned to school.
Birmingham City Council Leader Ian Ward said he was disappointed the news was announced just before schools broke up.
"This is a significant task to do safety and requires plans to be put in place over the holiday period," he said.
He told a regional briefing that he had asked the government for clarity on several areas including if it would include special schools, private and academy schools as well as the financial support available to them.
BBC Midlands Today
More trees could be planted across Birmingham as part of the city council's plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.Copyright: BBC
There are proposals to increase canopy coverage by 25% across the area which at the moment can vary from ward to ward.
The plans also include increasing pedestrianisation in the city, more cycle lanes and 9,000 electric vehicle charging points in the next 10 years.
The proposed actions have been set out by the council's Route to Zero taskforce.
A "clear roadmap" is needed out of the new Covid-19 tier restrictions, the leader of Birmingham City Council has said.Copyright: BBC
The city has been placed in the toughest tier - tier three - meaning households can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the rule of six applies.
Hospitality venues - such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants - must close, except for delivery and takeaway services.
The government said the tiers would be regularly reviewed, but city council leader Ian Ward tweeted they needed to know how to come out of them.
"We need a clear roadmap out of these restrictions and a meaningful package of support for jobs and businesses," he said.
"The crisis faced by hospitality businesses across Birmingham is of particular concern."
"Many businesses in this previously thriving sector are warning they may not survive the coming months if dealt the double blow of more restrictions and inadequate financial support."
Parents and pupils are being urged to wear face masks on journeys to and from schools with nearly a quarter of students in Birmingham currently self-isolating due to Covid-19.Copyright: PA Media
Attendance on Wednesday stood at 76.2% compared with 82.% the week before, city council leader Ian Ward told a West Midlands coronavirus briefing on Friday, with 28,818 pupils self-isolating.
He said his main concern over the spread of coronavirus involving schools was around people not following guidelines on journeys to and from school.
"On journeys they should follow all the rules and I would say wear a face mask," he said.
Theresa Stewart, the first female leader of Birmingham City Council, has died aged 90.
She died on Wednesday after a "long illness", her son Henry posted on Twitter.
He added his mother's illness was not coronavirus-related.
Theresa Stewart represented the Labour Party. The city's current council leader, also Labour, had this to say:
More women and people from ethnic backgrounds will get the chance to interview for jobs at Birmingham City Council.
It comes after a recruitment review found staff of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds were paid less, and were less likely to get a job compared to white applicants.
The councillor responsible for social inclusion and equality, John Cotton, said: "If you look at the profile of the workforce, it doesn't reflect the diversity of the city."Copyright: BBC
Mr Cotton added the authority would now guarantee that all future job shortlists included at least one woman and one person from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
He also said backgrounds and gender of interviewers would be balanced across panels.
BBC Midlands Today
Businesses across the West Midlands are offering free meals to families from today to help stop children going hungry over half term.Copyright: The School Food Plan
Cafes, hotels, community groups and councils such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin and Staffordshire have stepped forward to offer food.
It's after a campaign to extend the free school meals scheme over the holiday by footballer Marcus Rashford was rejected by the government.Copyright: BBC
Kate Taylor (pictured), from the Courtyard Cafe in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, said they would be offering free lunches for children this week.
"We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, same as Marcus Rashford, so we just decided that, this is a new cafe, recently opened, so we thought we would offer something to the children."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the community collaboration was "brilliant" - but said providing help through councils was "the best way to do this".