Social work managers took 147 vulnerable children off their books when they should not have done - to reduce workloads on a shrunken staff.Read the full story ›
Residents in Birmingham suburb have been left confused after a lamp - post was installed hidden in a large conifer.
The lamp-post in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield does not emit any light on to the street corner as it is covered by the large tree leaving residents walking in the dark.
The lamp was installed by highway contractor Amey who have been brought in by Birmingham City Council to upgrade the cities street lamps. Old fashioned and expensive fluorescent lights have been replaced by energy-efficient LED models.
Amey are now talking to the homeowner to trim the hedge back but local councillor Rob Pocock said the contractor should have removed the foliage first.
Amey will have replaced or upgraded 41,000 of Birmingham's 95,000 street lights by next year. The council will save £3 million a year from the council's electricity bill as the new lamps can be remotely dimmed and do not have to be changed as often.
Birmingham City Council says more children in the city are being abused than they know about.
Officials said that for a city of its size and with its levels of deprivation and poverty, they would expect Birmingham to have more cases of child abuse.
Today a new commissioner has been appointed to help the authority improve. The council has been criticised heavily in the past for failing to protect children.
Birmingham City Council has released detailed maps of the areas in the city which will be the first to become 20mph speed limits.Read the full story ›
A campaign has been launched to get more parents to adopt in Birmingham, because the City Council say they are struggling to get prospective parents to come forward.
Councillor Brigid Jones says people get put off adopting because the city is so diverse, but she wants to change that perception.
Birmingham City Council says it's currently at crisis point with the number of children needing adoption.
In Birmingham over 177 children are waiting for a home and family.
That's compared to:
More people are eligible to adopt than you might think:
Anyone over the age of 21
Single parents, unmarried and married couples, whether the same sex or opposite sex
People with good enough health to provide a loving home for a child - there is no age limit
Employed or unemployed, in rented or own accommodation
Any religious background is acceptable.
Adoption website: www.adoptionbirmingham.co.uk.
Birmingham adoption and fostering information line: 0121 303 7575
Thousands of motorists fined for going through bus lanes in Birmingham city centre may get their money back.
Birmingham city council has accepted it should have done more to make warning signs about bus lanes more visible to drivers. At a meeting today the council pledged to put up extra signs and says it will look again at the cases of many people already caught using the lanes.
Of 100,000 fines issued since 10 new cameras were erected across the city centre last September, 18,000 are under review. Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council has spoken to ITV Central:
A review of Birmingham’s fixed-camera CCTV network is underway. It's proposed that 53 cameras will be decommissioned from the 276-camera network.
Currently the cameras cost Birmingham City Council £966,000 annually. The proposed changes would reduce that to £780,500 from 2014/15 onwards.
The council has concluded 53 could be decommissioned with limited impact upon the integrity of the overall scheme. The details of those cameras will be made public in the upcoming Cabinet report, due for publication early next month.
Cllr James McKay said: “CCTV cameras are a vital tool, helping councils and the police to fight crime.
“The Government has raised the bar over when and where CCTV can be used, so we have got to take that into account when reviewing our network of cameras.
"Also, taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for cameras that don’t help in the fight against crime."
Birmingham City Council has confirmed that a thousand jobs will go as it tries to cut spending over the next four years.Read the full story ›
The GMB union has criticised Birmingham City Council's announcement confirming 1,000 jobs will be cut in the next year.
This is a further blow to Birmingham City Council workers. The services across Birmingham are already stretched and our members are already over-worked.
To find more cuts across Birmingham and local services is very upsetting as our members are already uncertain about their jobs. We will expect a Labour council to look at alternatives and to mitigate the worst aspects of these cuts.
The council says a cumulative total of £822m will need to be saved between 2010-2018 due to central government cuts.