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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Letter to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Mr. Tom Winsor

Dear Mr Winsor I would like to raise with you my concerns over the comments that you made in the The Times newspaper (18th January) about the under-reporting of crime by some minority communities. In particular you highlighted “cities in the Midlands where police never go because they are never called” claiming that these communities are dealing with matters themselves by “operating their own forms of justice”. As a local Councillor for the inner-city area of Lozells and East Handsworth ...

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Letter to Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs & Skills, Cllr Tahir Ali

Dear Cllr Ali, Many thanks for making the time to attend the first part of the meeting of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 14th February when the committee were looking at unemployment and skills levels with a focus on super output areas and deprived neighbourhoods. It was pleasing to hear about the substantial progress that has been made to date in reducing the number of super output areas in Birmingham where worklessness is ...

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Mental Health: Working in Partnership with Criminal Justice Agencies Scrutiny Inquiry

As you may be aware, Birmingham City Council's Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee, that I chair, has been carrying out a scrutiny inquiry into Mental Health and how partnership working with various Criminal Justice Agencies takes place and how it can be improved to assist those suffering from a mental health illness. This report will be discussed at the next full council meeting of Birmingham City Council on Tuesday 7th January 2014 where the 120 elected councillors of Birmingham ...

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Merry Christmas…

My thoughts this Christmas are with the rising number of vulnerable people within our society! I would like to wish all those celebrating Christmas a fantastic and most enjoyable day of celebration with your loved ones. However, lets take some time out and think about the rising number of vulnerable people, those that are homeless, those that are not well, those below the poverty line and those less fortunate than ourselves who are suffering and not able to celebrate Christmas like many ...

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Nelson Mandela Health and Wellbeing Centre, Handsworth

Handsworth Leisure Centre in Holly Road, Handsworth is to be renamed Nelson Mandela Health and Wellbeing Centre. This is not only fantastic news for my ward, Lozells and East Handsworth where this centre is based, but something that each and every Brummie needs to be proud of. Nelson Mandela did so much in challenging inequality within South Africa and across the world and left the world a fairer, safer and more equal place. Madiba's legacy will live on for generations ...

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Overcoming language barriers for flu jab campaign

Health bosses in Birmingham aim to boost the uptake of flu jabs across the city by translating the flu-fighter message into community languages. So far Public Health Birmingham has produced audio translations of the campaign in Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi. And the 60-second audio clips(below) were recorded by Birmingham City Council staff, meaning there was no extra cost to the taxpayer. Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “It’s absolutely vital that people in at-risk groups across Birmingham get their flu ...

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