Birmingham council’s new PR boss is costing taxpayers’ £935 a day

Birmingham city council is paying £935 a day for the services of an image-building communications expert, Chamberlain Files can reveal. London-based ‘communications specialist’ James Flynn was hired to improve the presentation of a

Tom Watson, the biggest West Midlands beast in Team Corbyn, ‘may take special interest in Birmingham’

It took almost a week to find enough people willing to serve under him, but new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has finally named his full team of shadow ministers. Birmingham

Clark hints at government commissioners taking over ‘slow’ Birmingham council

Local Government Secretary Greg Clark has hinted for the first time that he may be forced to send in Government commissioners to take over the running of Birmingham city council. Mr

Birmingham Partners to develop ‘the vision thing’, but who’s in the club and how do you join?

A Birmingham leadership group bringing together major organisations and community groups is being established to help the city council improve its partnership working.  But the new body seems to be

Second progress report for Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel

The second progress update has been prepared for the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel. This sets out the city council’s progress in responding to recommendations made by Lord Kerslake’s report and provides an update on the organisation-wide change programme ‘Future Council’. The Independent Improvement Panel will hold its next public meeting on 11 September. Council leader Sir […]

DCLG backs Future Council plan with £4.37m grant

Birmingham City Council is transforming itself as it addresses the challenges of delivering its programme of safeguarding, education and corporate governance improvements whilst also designing an organisation for the future – which reflects the changing nature of local government and its massively reduced funding. It is, therefore, most welcome news that the council’s own plans […]

DCLG backs Future Council plan with £4.37m grant

Birmingham City Council is transforming itself as it addresses the challenges of delivering its programme of safeguarding, education and corporate governance improvements whilst also designing an organisation for the future – which reflects the changing nature of local government and its massively reduced funding. It is, therefore, most welcome news that the council’s own plans […]