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In the face of £650 million of Tory cuts – Labour has made a real difference in Birmingham and has made the right choices. Birmingham is a dynamic, growing city. Our skyline is changing. Despite the Tories trying to hold Birmingham back, Labour are re-building Birmingham. Let Labour finish the job because with Labour we will ensure the development of our city benefits the many and not the few.

Labour has delivered in Birmingham:

  • Bins: We have the budget for a weekly collection, we have the commitment for a weekly collection, and it is a Labour Council that will continue to give you a weekly collection.

  • Housing: We’ve built over 2,200 homes since 2012 – more than any other council in Britain

  • Young People: Our Birmingham Youth Promise has helped 10,000 young people into work or training after leaving school or college.

  • Living Wage: We pay 4,000 employees the Living Wage and 50 employers have now followed our lead.

  • At the heart of every community: We’ve worked to save libraries, leisure centres, green spaces and support for our children.

  • Modernising waste and cleaning up our city: We’re innovating to modernise our waste collection services to ensure Birmingham is the cleanest and greenest city in Britain where your bins are collected on time and most of your waste is recycled.

 

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Labour in Birmingham has delivered for the many, not the few

In the face of £650 million of Tory cuts – Labour has made a real difference in Birmingham and has made the right choices. Birmingham is a dynamic, growing city....

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Today Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, and Deputy Leader, Cllr Brigid Jones, have visited the locked gates of the building site of the new, but yet-to-be-completed Midland Metropolitan Hospital, that was being built by Carillion before the company’s collapse two weeks ago.

Since Carillion went into liquidation the site has been shut down, although the hospital is only two thirds complete.

The project, which has already had an extra six months added to its completion date due to engineering problems, now looks to be delayed even further – with no fixed date on when works on the new hospital will resume.

Cllr Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“It’s vital that this unfinished super-hospital is not left to fall into disrepair. The hospital must be completed and work should resume as quickly as possible.

“If the Tories don’t take control of this situation – it is going to cost tax-payers a lot more in the long-term. Contractors who have found themselves off-site for over two weeks will rightly be looking for other work to pay their rent, mortgages and bills.

“The best thing, for the people who’ve been working on the build, and for those thousands of people in Sandwell and West Birmingham who will be served by the new hospital, is for the Government to get people back to work as soon as possible.

“But we know that the Tories’ track record in Birmingham is dire. We are seen as second-class citizens by the Tories who’ve cut Birmingham by £650 million since 2010.

“In May, Brummies have a choice as we face all-out elections in Birmingham. Labour will fight for a properly resourced and funded NHS for our city; to save walk-in centres, cut waiting times to see your GP, cut queues in A&E and tackle delays for routine operations and appointments. The Tories will continue to cut, underfund and under staff our NHS.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“The Government need to clean up this sorry saga and ensure that this hospital is up and running as quickly as possible. Delays will not only affect patients but will add substantially to the costs involved.”

Tory failure to address Carillion crisis will cost Birmingham taxpayers

Today Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, and Deputy Leader, Cllr Brigid Jones, have visited the locked gates of the building site of the new, but yet-to-be-completed Midland...

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Today Labour’s top team in Birmingham have pledged to keep the weekly bin collection if they win May’s council election as part of a package of environmental commitments to make the city cleaner and greener.

 

Labour has been forging ahead with the modernisation of the waste and recycling services despite over £650 million of cuts to its budget since the Tory Government came to power in 2010.

 

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

 

“The Tories have got it in for Birmingham. We’ve been treated unfairly by the Tory Government and have underfunded the city by hundreds of millions of pounds in comparison with other areas.

 

“But in the face of these cuts – Labour has been making the right choices.

 

“Today I’m laying out Labour’s plan for a cleaner and greener Birmingham. I am making it clear that if Labour wins the council election in May – we will keep your weekly bin collection. No ifs, not buts – your weekly collection is staying.

 

“We will also continue to modernise the waste collection and recycling service. We will increase recycling, work closely with partners to reduce plastic waste and put in place a hit squad to tackle fly-posting.

 

“We will also be using every power at our disposal to tackle fly-tippers. It’s unacceptable and it drags our city down. I want fly tippers to know what we’re coming after you and will use the full force of the law to prosecute those who fly-tip rubbish in our city.

 

“Despite the Tories trying to hold Birmingham back, Labour are re-building Birmingham and we are making the right choices, ensuring that the development of our city benefits the many and not the few.”

Labour lays out plan for cleaner and greener Birmingham

Today Labour’s top team in Birmingham have pledged to keep the weekly bin collection if they win May’s council election as part of a package of environmental commitments to make...


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