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Council leader: Imbalance in age profile of workforce

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Secondly, there is a growing imbalance in the age profile of our workforce. We currently employ just 36 people under the age of 20 and 3,700 under the age of 40. But we have over 12,500 people between 40 and 69 years old and 166 people over 70. Whilst the city has a growing young population, the council is not doing enough to employ this age group and we need to restore this balance.

Finally, the council has a huge task to reshape services and we will need staff not only to stretch their professional expertise, but to develop a broader range of skills. Just being a good professional in their field of expertise will not equip people to operate effectively in the future.

– Sir Albert Bore, Birmingham City Council leader

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6,000 jobs to go at Birmingham City Council by 2018

More than 6,000 workers at Birmingham City Council are facing the axe in the latest round of job cuts, the council has announced.

Thousands of jobs are to go at the council Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Colleagues, there is a ticking time bomb under this City Council. Over many years we have not given enough attention to how we manage staff reductions and plan the workforce we will need in the future. If we don’t act now then the consequences will be catastrophic for the future functioning of this organisation.

Firstly, the cuts will mean a continuing reduction in employee numbers. Already our workforce has declined from just over 20,000 full time equivalents to around 13,000. By 2018 we estimate that numbers will have to fall to around 7,000. Our core workforce could be even smaller than that, because some of that 7,000 will be employed by arms-length organisations.

This means we will be operating with a workforce less than one third the size of that in 2010 and one half of what it is today – the equivalent of taking out twice the workforce that lost their jobs at Longbridge in 2005.

– Sir Albert Bore, Birmingham City Council leader

Thousands more jobs under threat at Birmingham council

More than 6,000 workers at Birmingham City Council are facing the axe in the latest round of job cuts, it has been announced.

A total of 7,000 jobs have already been cut since 2010.

Birmingham City Council have announced another round of job cuts Credit: ITV News Central

Council leader Sir Albert Bore said the authority was facing the prospect of losing double the number of staff made redundant when Rover at Longbridge shut down in 2005.

Nicky Morgan asked to intervene in free school row

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been asked to intervene in a row about the opening of a new free school in Leicester.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The city's first Sikh school, Falcon Primary, was expected to open to its first students this morning.

Parents were told on Monday it would not open because conditions had not been met.

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New badger vaccination scheme announced

A new badger vaccination scheme has been announced as part of efforts to eradicate bovine TB in England.

The Government wants to eradicate bovine TB by 2038. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Rural Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Truss launched the new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS) as part of the Government’s strategy to make England bovine TB-free by 2038.

The scheme will support badger vaccination projects in the middle of the country such as Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, which are most at risk from the disease spreading from areas such as the South West and West Midlands.

Dudley South MP to stand down at 2015 general election

The MP for Dudley South, Chris Kelly, has said he will stand down at next year's general election.

The Conservative MP did not give a reason for his decision.

I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007. I would especially like to thank all those who voted for me at the general election in May 2010 and all of the friends and supporters who helped me for that election, as well as those who have supported my efforts since. I am proud to have served the good people of Dudley South for the past five years.

– Chris Kelly, Dudley South MP
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£1m cash pledge for Armed Forces Memorial

The Prime Minister has announced an extra £1m funding for an Armed Services Memorial honouring veterans who have served in conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Downing St said the Government was committed to funding the monument, which is at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, until 2020.

Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The memorial commemorates over 16,000 people who have died on duty since the end of World War II.

There will be a dedication service on Monday for the 17 service personnel who died on duty in 2013.

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Family of ex-Tory minister praise health professionals

The family of former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, who died aged 86 following a long illness, have paid tribute to the health professionals who looked after him.

Former transport minister Sir David Mitchell. Credit: PA

Sir David Mitchell, the former Member of Parliament for Hampshire North West and minister in the Thatcher governments has died today aged 86.

The family has expressed its gratitude to the health professionals and carers who enabled him to die peacefully in his own home.

– A family spokesman
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