Web Chat: Are Birmingham CIty Council Ward Committee’s Fit For Purpose?

Live Blog Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose? The Districts & Public Engagement Scrutiny Committee at Birmingham City Council is carrying out a short inquiry on how we can improve Birmingham City Council's 40 ward committee's. Please join me on Monday, between 6pm and 7pm for a web chat and share your experience of ward committee's, suggest how we can improve them and share good practice. There is also a questionnaire you can complete online. Hard copies are also available on request. We will also ...

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Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose?

Across the city there are many councillors and members of the public who hold ward committees dear to their hearts. For them they embody the best of our democratic system, providing councillors with a formal place to regularly meet with their constituents and providing the electorate with a place to hold councillors to account. They prove their worth particularly if there is a contentious issue in the area, as we are told that everyone has a chance to have their ...

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Chair of Districts & Public Engagement O&S Committee

Today, at the Birmingham City Council Annual General Meeting, it was formally confirmed that I have been elected the council's Chair of Scrutiny for Districts & Public Engagement. It has been a huge honour to serve the Chair of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee and want to take the opportunity to thank all the elected members, agencies, partners and officers who have supported me through two amazing years. I am proud of our achievements in particular the inquiries ...

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Pop Up Talent Comes To Soho Road

I’m very excited to announce that Pop Up Talent, a new youth led initiative to help stimulate young people’s interests in education, training and employment is coming to the Soho Road this coming Thursday. The one-day shop held at South and City College Birmingham on the  27th of March from 12 to 3pm will host a variety of interactive taster sessions and talks from industry professionals in sectors such as baking, music, dance, sport and many more delivered by local businesses and ...

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Help Get Me Released By Donating to Action for Children!

Action for Children is a childrens charity that supports and speaks out for the UKs most vulnerable children and young people. They have been working with the UK’s most vulnerable children since 1869. They believe all children and young people have unique potential and that they should have the support and opportunities they need to reach it. They are a children's charity who: work directly with over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers run 650 services across the UK tackle issues such as child neglect and ...

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Domestic Homicide Reviews Scrutiny

Following, Tuesday's session of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee that I Chair, when the process of Domestic Homicide Reviews was discussed, I wrote the following letter to the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones and Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr James McKay: Dear Bob and James At our last meeting (18th February) the Committee received a briefing on Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) following the publication of the first Review in ...

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Birmingham Heritage Strategy

Birmingham City Council has  approved a report on 4 February which outlines Birmingham’s heritage strategy for the next five years. The strategy has been developed by the Heritage Strategy Group, chaired by the Heritage Champion, Cllr Phil Davis, as a partnership document for the city as a whole. I spoke on the report during the council debate endorsing it: [youtube]http://youtu.be/VjVEWqgAmME[/youtube] Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “Protecting the Past, Informing the Present is an important document which sets out Birmingham’s ...

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Presenting the Mental Health & Criminal Justice System Scrutiny Report to Birmingham City Council

Transcript of Speech: Thank you Lord Mayor. First, I’d like to thank both the Social Cohesion and Community Safety and Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committees for their time and effort in carrying out this important inquiry. We decided from the outset also to include a service user governor and a carer governor from the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, so that the users voice was heard. I’m grateful to Maureen Johnson and Lynda Smith for their contributions and to ...

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