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World Social Work Day 2016 – promoting dignity 

15 Mar 16

Marking World Social Work Day 2016, Dr Tony Stanley, chief social worker at Birmingham City Council, talks about how we are working openly and honestly with families to ensure dignity and social justice  Chief social worker The theme this year is…


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The challenge of caring for our loved ones 

25 Feb 16

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, looks at the challenges of catering for the health and care needs of our growing and ageing population.


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Library of Birmingham is a global hit 

23 Feb 16

Visitors from around the globe have been singing the praises of the Library of Birmingham.


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Moving forward with transportation projects 

19 Feb 16

Anne Shaw, acting assistant director for transportation and connectivity at Birmingham City Council, talks about the work going on around the city to improve how we all get around.


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Shadow Chancellor sees just why Birmingham is THE place to invest 

19 Feb 16

Showcased New St Station ( @NetworkRailBHM ) @GrandCentralBNS to Shadow Chancellor @johnmcdonnellMP #brum pic.


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Food businesses must take control to avoid kitchen nightmares 

16 Feb 16

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place, on what food businesses should do to protect their premises from pests and avoid kitchen nightmares.


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Small Heath school – response to strike action 

9 Feb 16

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, comments on the situation at Small Heath school.


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World Cancer Day: How we can all reduce our risk 

4 Feb 16

To mark World Cancer Day, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton looks at the things we can all do to reduce our risk of developing cancer.


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Opening up our data to make Birmingham cleaner 

2 Feb 16

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director for Place at Birmingham City Council, blogs on the publication of data showing how clean the city’s wards are… Jacqui Kennedy – Acting Strategic Director of Place Following his election as Leader of the…


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City working hard to address skills and employment issues 

28 Jan 16

Cllr Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture, writes about the challenges Birmingham faces – as highlighted in a new Centre for Cities report – and what is being done to tackle them… Although reading the Centre for Cities …


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Refuse collection blog – service improvements 

21 Dec 15

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, presents the council’s latest refuse collection data dashboard and reflects on some of the service improvements that are being made to ensure collections are as reliable as possible… “We …


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Green Commission update – November 2015 

10 Dec 15

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, blogs on the publication of the Birmingham Green Commission’s latest update report – and how it brings into focus the need for more collaborative working on the green agenda… Given the …


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Making sure food businesses are fit to eat in 

6 Nov 15

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, explains how Birmingham City Council is working to ensure food businesses are fit and safe to eat in.


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The challenge has changed and so must we 

6 Nov 15

As the recruitment campaign for more senior staff gets underway, Chief Executive Mark Rogers, looks at the challenges facing new and existing Birmingham City Council staff.


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Refuse collection data dashboard – Sept 2015 

2 Nov 15

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, blogs on the latest refuse collection data dashboard to be published by Birmingham City Council… Recently we published our first data dashboard as part of the effort to be open and transparent …


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A-level results: understanding your options 

13 Aug 15

Councillor Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture at Birmingham City Council, looks at the options open to those receiving their A-level results today.


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Olympic legacy: Sport or physical activity? 

4 Aug 15

Sports participation is in the news today, with reports that the number of people playing sport is falling three years after the Olympics .


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Creative Future: we all have a part to play 

23 Jul 15

Councillor Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture, has issued a call to arms to Birmingham as a whole in relation to the Creative Future strategy, which aims to improve access to and raise the quality of arts and culture for …


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10 easy ways to reduce your sugar consumption 

17 Jul 15

With experts urging the government to halve the recommended daily intake of sugar , how easy is it to cut down on the white stuff? Birmingham Public Health’s healthy eating expert, Charlene Mulhern suggests some easy ways to reduce your sugar …


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Housing isn’t just about bricks and mortar 

2 Jul 15

Cllr John Cotton Birmingham City Council’s new Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead.


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Take the healthy option at Vaisakhi Mela 

24 Apr 15

As thousands of people head to Handsworth Park on Sunday for Birmingham’s Vaisakhi Mela, Birmingham Public Health’s Lead Public Health Nurse, Elaine George, urges visitors to make the most of a potentially life-saving opportunity .


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Parents are willing to hear the obesity message 

30 Mar 15

Birmingham Public Health dietician Eleanor McGee reflects on reports that many parents are unaware their children are overweight.


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Cleaner Streets: we all have a part to play 

20 Mar 15

Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement, looks back on a week of activities across Birmingham designed to encourage people to play their part in keeping their communities clean and tidy.


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Your chance to shape the future: the importance of voting 

5 Feb 15

Mark Rogers On National Voter Registration Day (February 5), Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Mark Rogers reflects on why it has never been more important to use your vote – including making sure you are registered to do so in the first …


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Protecting the vulnerable in a time of cuts 

19 Dec 14

Cllr John Cotton Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, on the challenge of protecting vulnerable people at a time of massive Government cuts.


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Not sporty? You can still be active in Birmingham 

1 Dec 14

Birmingham City Council’s Head of Community Sport and Physical Activity Karen Creavin insists being physically active ibn Birmingham isn’t always about sport.


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Day 3 – last day on board for tenant advice in Soho 

13 Nov 14

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith is a Principal Enforcement Officer in the council’s Private Rented Services (PRS) team and works to bring the city’s empty properties back into use.


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Day 2 – on board for tenant advice in Sparkbrook 

12 Nov 14

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith is a Principal Enforcement Officer in the council’s Private Rented Services team and works to bring the city’s empty properties back into use.


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Donut eat this if you want to stay healthy 

11 Nov 14

Birmingham Public Health’s childhood obesity co-ordinator, Charlene Mulhern shares her views on the latest fast food offering.


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On board for tenant advice in Stockland Green 

11 Nov 14

Matthew Smith Matthew Smith is a Principal Enforcement Officer in the council’s Private Rented Services team and works to bring the city’s empty properties back into use.


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Cheap booze + pre-loading is a recipe for disaster 

2 Oct 14

With cheap alcohol and ‘pre-loading’ again in the news, Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips repeats his call for the introduction of minimum unit pricing.


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Wheelie bin roll-out latest – August 2014 

28 Aug 14

Cllr Lisa Trickett blogs on the latest news from the project to introduce wheelie bins in Birmingham… Since taking on the Cabinet portfolio for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City in June, I have been learning about the finer points of the …


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Speech: A Civic Gospel for the 21st Century? 

9 Jul 14

Birmingham City Council supported a conference organised by Newman College on July 4 and 5 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Joseph Chamberlain, the radical mayor of Birmingham in the 1870s and a Birmingham MP until his death in …


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Childhood Obesity Week – What we’re doing in Birmingham 

7 Jul 14

To mark National Childhood Obesity Week, Birmingham Public Health dietician Eleanor McGee looks at what is being done in Birmingham to tackle a major health emergency across the city.


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Meeting the development challenge together 

20 Jun 14

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, considers how Birmingham City Council is meeting the challenge of growth and development.


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Inactivity crisis? You can Be Active in Birmingham 

9 May 14

With physical inactivity in the news, Head of Community Sport and Healthy Lifestyles, Karen Creavin, reflects on Birmingham’s response to the crisis.


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Book a Health Check to defuse the diabetes timebomb 

15 Apr 14

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, backs a Diabetes UK campaign urging more people to book NHS Health Checks.


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Sexual violence and exploitation are public health issues 

18 Mar 14

Cllr Steve Bedser Almost a year after public health responsibilities transferred back to local government, Birmingham City Council is getting to grips with sexual health…and that means tackling big issues like sexual violence and exploitation.


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Smoking ban head is a class act 

22 Oct 13

Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips reflects on the controversy surrounding one head teacher’s decision to ban smoking at the school gates.


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Doing it Online 

18 Oct 13

Cllr Ian Ward It’s great to see that more Birmingham residents than ever have made the shift to accessing the council services they need online.


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Should we class obesity as a disease? 

25 Jun 13

Birmingham Public Health’s Consultant Dietician and Senior Manager for Healthy Eating and Activity, Linda Hindle, reflects on the latest American move in the battle to beat obesity.


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Birmingham’s Health Check success 

25 Feb 13

Cllr Steve Bedser Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, comments on the successful implementation of the NHS Health Check programme in Birmingham.