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News
Black Country Living Museum’s Peaky Blinders Nights are back for 2018 and better than ever! 

17 Jan 18

Step inside the murky underworld of the Peaky Binders and discover their dark history at this unique event.


Council
Apprentices kickstart their careers on £32million Smethwick housing development 

17 Jan 18

Apprentices are building homes of the future in Smethwick working as plumbing and electrical apprentices.


Blog comment
“What do you think of the new Cabinet?” 

15 Jan 18

This question was posed last week and I replied cautiously, “Wait and see”.


Blog comment
New Measures to Improve the Safety of Tenants 

14 Jan 18

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid today confirmed government support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties.


Blog
January 11th – Unusually, I came through the pedestrian centre… 

12 Jan 18

January 11th – Unusually, I came through the pedestrian centre of Darlaston today, and noted that the old Caldmore Accord Housing Association offices were now empty: this must surely have been a pub once, but I can’t find it on any old pub sites, …


News
West Midlands has lowest household income in UK 

10 Jan 18

THE West Midlands region has the lowest household income in the UK after housing costs, latest figures show.


Blog comment
Housing 29: London showing of film, The Great Social Housing Swindle – Birmingham next? 

9 Jan 18

In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation.


FOI
Statistics for youth homelessness and housing for 16-17 year old LAC young people 

9 Jan 18

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jonathan Crust on 9 January 2018 .


News
Residents get the chance to have their say on council’s Local Plan Allocations for future use of land in Lichfield and Burntwood 

8 Jan 18

Local residents will get the chance to have their say on the latest plan for the future development of Lichfield and Burntwood.


Blog feature
Jorong’s all smiles! 

7 Jan 18

We’re wishing many happy returns to our handsome birthday boy, Jorong, who’s 23 today! And our gorgeous Bornean orangutan is all smiles as he’s heard from the zoo’s finance department that we’re starting 2018 with £223,000 raised towards …


Local news
Home starter items for homeless & vulnerable stolen as local charity suffers break in 

3 Jan 18

Workers at a Rednal charity have returned to work today ready to reopen and continue their work supporting individuals and families in need in South Birmingham – only to discover their premises has been broken into.


FixMyStreet
Groveley Lane – Cracks On Road Forming Potholes., 2nd January 

2 Jan 18

On Groveley Lane there is 2 sections of road near the flag and pole bus stop halfway along heading towards Cofton Hackett, the road was repaired previously but has cracked again, it’s found near a new housing estate to the right, there&…


FixMyStreet
Litter-bin mostly containing bags of dog faeces overflowing and unemptied since at least December 7th, 31st December 

31 Dec 17

This bin has not been emptied for at least a month.


Business
Review of 2017 – January: Commonwealth Games, green belt housing and Colmore Row makeover 

23 Dec 17

Our Review of the Year for 2017 kicks off with the news London Olympics bosses were recruited to help Birmingham secure the Commonwealth Games and Sutton residents were battling developers…


News
Man finally reunited with mobility trike after theft and housing association blunder 

22 Dec 17

He was unable to store his trike securely because the storage cupboard was locked…


Rugby
This is who owns the homes in Birmingham 

22 Dec 17

More than a fifth, 20.4 per cent, of Birminghams total housing stock is now rented…


Council
Learn more about Oxford Road supported housing scheme 

22 Dec 17

People interested in finding out more about a new supported housing scheme in West Bromwich are invited to an open day in January.


Rugby
Barratt Homes revises plans for major Birmingham housing estate 

20 Dec 17

Housebuilder goes back to the drawing board after heavy criticism from councillors but heritage campaigners are still opposing the proposals…


Business
Barratt Homes revises plans for major Birmingham housing estate 

20 Dec 17

Housebuilder goes back to the drawing board after heavy criticism from councillors but heritage campaigners are still opposing the proposals…


FOI
Statistics for Youth Homelessness and housing for 16-17 year old LAC young people 

19 Dec 17

Response by Dudley Council to Jonathan Crust on 19 December 2017 .


Council
Nursery in Rowley Regis brings Christmas joy to older people 

19 Dec 17

Rowley Regis children from Cornerstone Nursery have been spreading Christmas joy with older people in sheltered housing.


News
New housing chief joins West Midlands Combined Authority 

19 Dec 17

Gareth Bradford has been charged with increasing the supply of land so more houses and commercial space can be built…


Blog feature
Health Desire 

18 Dec 17

The Health Desire programme which covers Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, is open for applications until 1pm on the 10th January 2018.


News
Drivers facing delays as temporary traffic lights return to main route in and out of Lichfield 

18 Dec 17

Drivers in Lichfield are facing more delays as roadworks take place on the A5127 Burton Road.


Blog comment
Housing 28: will city MPs vote for stable rentals – or retaliatory evictions? 

14 Dec 17

“100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit” – The Observer July 2017.