NatWest Community Surgery on Self-Employment in Lozells

This Monday (25 November) 1pm at Aspire & Succeed, (3a Carpenters Rd, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 2BA) NatWest will be holding a community surgery on being self-employed. Experienced and multi-lingual Business Managers from NatWest will be at hand to advise and listen to anyone thinking of working for themselves or currently running a business. One of the impacts of the harsh welfare reforms is the affect it is having on families trying to secure a stable income. This predominately has affected local ...

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Planning Birmingham’s Future and Budget Consultation

Do you want to have your say on Birmingham’s future following government cuts? You are invited to take part in shaping a series of discussion events that are being held across the city to find constructive ways to help Birmingham City Council work better with communities. The first of these events will be connected to the recently launched Standing up for Birmingham campaign which will be exploring the following questions: How communities, local groups and organisations already deliver services differently? How can we build on the ...

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‘Standing Up For Birmingham’ Campaign

You will be aware that Birmingham City Council have had a stepped approach to our savings planning, particularly in the later Service Reviews, which will enable us to progress through a series of stages in order to deliver the savings and the priorities required: Step 1 – ensure direct services are at least ‘best in class’ regarding costs of service delivery Step 2 – consider more radical service change options, which remodel our services Step 3 – radical reductions and discontinuation of services We ...

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Perry Barr District Convention

You are cordially invited to the second Perry Barr District annual Convention. The Convention will be taking place on Tuesday 10th December 2013 in the Denis Howell Room at the Alexander Stadium. Registration will be at 9.00am for a 9.30am start, finishing at approximately 1.00pm. The Convention will be used to review the priorities identified in 2012, assess progress in achieving them, and identify the ways in which we can continue to deliver on them.  This will be your opportunity to have ...

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Cllr. Waseem Zaffar Webchat on Mental Health Services – Monday 21 Oct at 6pm

The Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee is currently looking at the issue of mental health services and the criminal justice system. The committee has spoken to a wide range of individuals and organisations, including service users and carers. A full webcast of the most recent inquiry session can be seen here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/116198 As Inquiry chair, I am keen to hear from members of the public, so at 6pm on Monday 21 October, I will be hosting a webchat looking at two key areas ...

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Cllr Waseem Zaffar’s Speech at West Midland Police & Crime Commissioner’s Stop & Search Summit

I chair Birmingham’s social cohesion and community safety scrutiny committee. And we looked into how stop and search operations in thecity were impacting on our communities, and most importantly whether it was contributing to raising tension. I’ve got to tell you that our findings were not good news. Not surprising. But not good. There is good news though. The West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, and his Deputy, my colleague, Cllr Yvonne Mosquito,deserve credit and congratulations for holding this summit on this highly emotive topic. And I know that they’ll take the concerns and comments ...

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Lozells & East Handsworth Ward Tuberculosis (TB) Training

‘Everything You Wanted to Know About TB’ Public Health England has kindly chosen to pilot a programme of activities to raise the profile of Tuberculosis (TB) and interventions to prevent and cure this illness in Lozells & East Handsworth Ward. At a meeting of community activists that I facilitated, it was requested that Public Health England organised an initial TB education session so the stakeholders understand about TB, it’s management and control and then to develop a local collaborative plan for Lozells ...

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Letter to Dame Christine Braddock CBE, Principal of Birmingham Metropolitan College

Below is the text from the letter that I have sent to Dame Christine Braddock CBE, Principal of Birmingham Metropolitan College raising my concerns and the concerns of my constituents. 11th September 2013 Dear Dame Braddock CBE, I am writing to you in connection with your reported comments in the Birmingham Mail whereby you are quoted saying that safeguarding is a priority for the college and the policy of banning the wearing of veils is in the interest of learners and reflects the ...

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