Birmingham

  • False alarm

    15 June 2018

    There was a recent moment of drama in the chamber at Birmingham City Council – well, more than usual – when a ceremonial clanger was highlighted.


  • Amey hit by £50m compensation bill - reports

    13 June 2018

    Amey has been ordered to pay Birmingham City Council more than £50m in compensation after the contractor lost a long-running court battle, according to reports.


  • Local input key to new-look counter terrorism strategies

    05 June 2018

    Putting councils at the centre of counter-terror strategies could allay community fears they are a front for state surveillance, experts have told The MJ.


  • Brum takes £63m from reserves to help overspend

    17 May 2018

    Birmingham City Council has spent a whopping £63m of its reserves to ‘structurally deliver’ its 2017/18 budget and reduce an overspend of more than £20m, a report to senior councillors has revealed.


  • Future Forum: Councils must heed auditor warnings

    27 April 2018

    Local government could make the same compelling case for fresh Whitehall cash as the health sector – but must heed warnings from auditors, Sir Amyas Morse has told The MJ’s Future Forum.


  • Wanna hook up?

    23 April 2018

    Council press teams are used to being reactive on Twitter, but how would your local authority respond to a mysterious suitor asking if it wanted to ‘hook up’?


  • LGA strikes £20m improvement deal

    10 April 2018

    Whitehall is looking to strengthen the sector-led improvement regime in its latest £20m deal with the Local Government Association (LGA), The MJ understands.


  • Amey starts on next phase of cycle project

    06 April 2018

    Construction giant Amey has begun work on the second phase of a major cycle scheme project funded by Birmingham City Council.


  • Dawn Baxendale: aiming for the pinnacle of success

    04 April 2018

    As she takes over as the new chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Dawn Baxendale talks to Heather Jameson about her challenges at Southampton City Council and her ambitious plans for the opportunities Birmingham can offer to its communities.


  • Improvement in Brum's children's services

    03 April 2018

    Birmingham City Council is making progress in its efforts to improve its children’s services, but needs to improve the consistency of its work, according to Ofsted.


  • Brum improvement team vows to work with council

    08 March 2018

    The team brought in to turn around Birmingham has vowed to work more closely with the council.


  • Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games

    16 February 2018

    Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.


  • Call for Government intervention at Liverpool

    06 February 2018

    The former leader of Liverpool City Council, Mike Storey, has called for the Government to intervene at the authority.


  • Fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

    13 December 2017

    Heather Jameson leads us through the events of another roller-coaster year.


  • Deal to end Brum bin strike

    27 November 2017

    Birmingham City Council’s long-running dispute with union Unite appears to be over after the sides brokered a deal protecting pay while modernising waste management roles.


  • Brum welcomes landmark DoLs judgement

    31 October 2017

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that parents can sometimes consent on behalf of their 16 and 17 year old children to care arrangements that would otherwise be a deprivation of liberty.


  • Ofsted: More to do to improve Birmingham's children's services

    20 October 2017

    Birmingham City Council has ‘further work’ to do to improve its children’s services, an Ofsted monitoring visit has found.


  • Fresh audit warning for Brum

    02 October 2017

    Birmingham City Council’s auditors have delivered another major warning over the authority’s budget.


  • Care ‘catastrophe’

    27 September 2017

    Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.


  • Improvement panel to remain in Birmingham

    19 September 2017

    The team brought in to turn Birmingham City Council around has backtracked on its plans to withdraw.