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To seek retrospective approval to bid to Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, Rough Sleepers Accommodation Programme, for £680,191 revenue for the provision of support to 40 units of move-on accommodation.

On 27 July 2021, Cabinet  

  1. Retrospectively approved the submission of a bid from the Council via WMCA for Rough Sleepers Accommodation Programme revenue of £680,200;


  2. Approved the route to deliver 40 units of accommodation into the programme; The money will be used to invest in 40 new units made up of 1-bedroom, self-contained flats allowing rough sleepers to stay for up to 2 to 3 years with a move-on plan.


  3. Noted that delivery of support will be via a support provider granted or contracted to a value of no more than £680,200;


  4. Delegated authority to the Managing Director, City Housing (or their delegate) in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Development and Commercial (or their delegate), the Chief Finance Officer (or their delegate) and the City Solicitor (or their delegate) to spend the funds, via the approval of the procurement strategy and contract award; if a procurement is the preferred commissioning route;


  5. Authorised the City Solicitor to negotiate and execute any documents to give effect to the above decisions.



14:42, 31 Jul 2021 by Peni Whelan

COVID have fallen for the seventh day in a row in the UK.

There are still over 300,000 adults who have yet to receive their first dose of vaccine.

Across Birmingham, the number of cases  decreased by 2,932 compared with last week

3,747 cases this week

6,679 last week 

All wards in Birmingham reported new cases this week.

These are the wards with the highest case rates (cases per 100,000 population) this week:

  • Frankley Great Park (617)
  • Sutton Mere Green (599)
  • Shard End (593)
  • Oscott (521)
  • Gravelly Hill (518)
  • Highter's Heath (488)
  • Sutton Trinity (475)
  • Kingstanding (466)
  • Longbridge & West Heath (462)
  • Bournville (437)

Total cases fell in all age groups this week, 

  • 0 – 19 age group (-49%),
  • 20 – 39 age group (-45%),
  • 40 - 59 age group (-39%). 

They also decreased in all ethnic groups,

  • Mixed group (-48%)
  • White group (-47%)

Testing rates per 100k also fell from 8,114 to 6,284.


Walk-in appointments

Walk-in appointments are taking place at mass vaccination centres across Birmingham and Solihull.

These appointments are for a first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose (following Government guidance, there must be a gap of 8-12 weeks between appointments).

Everybody must always wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines when attending the sites. 

If you would prefer to book ahead of time, please call 119 or visit the NHS website.

Walk ins are at 

Millennium Point
Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG
Tue 27 Jul - Sat 31 July, 08:00am to 6:00pm

Aston Villa Football Club
Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6HE
Tue 27 Jul - Sat 31 July, 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Fort Shopping Park
20 Fort Pkwy, Birmingham B24 9FP
Fri 30 Jul - Sat 31 Jul, 9:30am to 6:30pm


mobile vaccination team to provide walk-in facilities at 

Newtown Shopping Centre on

Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July.



St George’s Academy in Newtown

to coincide with Friday Prayers at the Huda Mosque.

Engagement team Solutions 4 Health and community leaders will also be out and about in the area to encourage more people to get a vaccination.

Before you go please check this webpage on the day you plan to attend as dates/times are subject to change.



14:10, 31 Jul 2021 by Peni Whelan

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead at a property in Birmingham this morning (31 July).
Police were called to Unett Street just after 6am where the 19-year-old was found with fatal injuries. 
Searches are underway to trace a man seen leaving the building shortly before emergency services were called. He is believed to be known to the deceased.
A cordon remains at the property while forensic investigations are underway.

Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to an officer can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website or call 101 quoting log 765 of 31/7.

You can also speak to Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

14:02, 31 Jul 2021 by Peni Whelan


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