• Brum may turn to MD to cover chief exec exit

    20 March 2024

    Birmingham City Council could hire a managing director to replace its departing chief executive, The MJ understands.

  • Cadman steps down as Birmingham chief

    13 March 2024

    Deborah Cadman is to stand down as chief executive of Birmingham City Council after almost three years at the council.

  • Union backs strike at Brum

    04 March 2024

    GMB trade union members at Birmingham City Council have voted overwhelmingly to support strike action over perceived delays in settling equal pay claims.

  • Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared

    22 February 2024

    The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.

  • Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike

    10 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.

  • Birmingham outlines £150m cuts programme

    14 December 2023

    Management services will be among the biggest casualties of commissioner-led Birmingham City Council’s £150m cuts programme outlined this week.

  • Brum blame culture still 'largely unaddressed'

    04 December 2023

    Birmingham City Council’s problems of governance and accountability are still ‘largely unaddressed’, despite some gains made by the authority.

  • Job cuts 'inevitable' at Brum

    14 November 2023

    Birmingham City Council is poised to reveal a worse-than-expected financial position as it embarks on a savings drive and ‘inevitable’ job cuts, The MJ has learned.

  • Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget

    09 November 2023

    Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.

  • Bradford latest to issue section 114 warning

    31 October 2023

    Bradford City Council has warned it may become the latest to declare an emergency section 114 notice unless it takes urgent action to cut spending.

  • Birmingham 'actively exploring' action against s151

    12 October 2023

    Birmingham City Council is ‘actively exploring’ possible action against its former director of council management Becky Hellard for her role in the collapse of the council.

  • Thinking of a section 114

    11 October 2023

    With Birmingham – the largest local authority in Europe – issuing a section 114 notice recently, the decision of whether to issue one will no doubt be on other local authorities’ minds in the run-up to the festive period, writes chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Rob Whiteman.

  • Employers downplay equal pay risk

    09 October 2023

    Smith Square is monitoring equal pay claims across the sector but remains confident the national job evaluation framework is robust, senior sources have told The MJ.

  • Birmingham commissioners revealed

    05 October 2023

    The team tasked with turning round Birmingham City Council has been announced – including a former Labour minister and a serving council chief.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Select committee looks to launch financial distress inquiry

    29 September 2023

    Senior local government figures have been approached to give evidence as MPs consider launching an inquiry into financial distress in the sector, The MJ understands.

  • Brum kicks off job cuts

    26 September 2023

    Birmingham City Council has started a wide-ranging programme of job cuts under emergency plans discussed by councillors last night.

  • Birmingham issues second section 114 notice

    21 September 2023

    Birmingham City Council has issued a second section 114 notice as it has failed to come up with a plan to meet its equal pay liabilities.

  • Gove announces five-year Brum intervention

    19 September 2023

    Communities secretary Michael Gove today announced a five-year Government intervention at Birmingham, with sources claiming he rejected a role for a senior Labour figure.

  • Brum braced for Government intervention

    12 September 2023

    Birmingham City Council is braced for a wide-ranging Government intervention to help rescue the authority’s bleak finances, and improve political and officer leadership.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Fresh equal pay claims warning

    05 September 2023

    Councils face a fresh wave of potential equal pay claims after a legal ruling exposed problems with the application of the national pay scheme, a high-profile lawyer has warned.