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Birmingham waste collections will be picked up by the weekend

Bins uncollected in Kings Heath, Birmingham
Bins uncollected in Kings Heath, Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham residents who are expecting rubbish to be collected today have been told it may not be picked up until the weekend ahead of the public sector strikes.

Members of the GMB, Unison, Unite and NUT unions are walking out, meaning many schools will close and council services will come to a halt today.

Birmingham City Council said: Residents who are due to have a rubbish, recycling or green waste recycling collection on Thursday are asked to put their bin, sacks or boxes out for collection as usual.

"If these have not been collected by the end of the day, please leave the rubbish and recycling out for collection – which will be collected during the weekend, so there is no need for residents to report a missed collection as this will not result in a quicker service."

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the strike action and assure residents we will do our best to collect the waste as soon as we can.”

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Public sector workers to strike over working conditions

Some schools are closing because of the strike action Credit: PA

Public sector workers are to strike today in a row over pay, pensions and workload.

Members of the GMB, Unison, Unite and NUT unions are walking out, meaning many schools will close and council service will come to a halt.

It has been described as one of the biggest days of industrial action since 2011.

Click here for the latest information on school closures in the East Midlands

Click here for the latest information on school closures in the West Midlands

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Tackling homophobic bullying improvement in schools

Schools in Nottinghamshire are the most improved in the country for preventing homophobic bullyinh Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire County Council has been named as the most improved local authority in Britain for tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference in their schools.

That's according to a report by an equality charity today. Lincolnshire County Council was named the tenth best local authority.

Community meeting underway to discuss Trojan Horse allegations

Community meeting underway to discuss Trojan Horse allegations Credit: ITV News Central

A community meeting's underway in Birmingham to discuss issues with schools implicated in the alleged Trojan Horse plot.

Five schools in the city were placed in special measures earlier this month by Ofsted following allegations of radicalisation. Tonight's meeting has been organised by campaigners who say they want to bring the focus back on the children's education at these schools.

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