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Under Scrutiny

On Tuesday I appeared before the Council’s Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee to take questions on the work I’ve been doing as a member of the City Council’s Cabinet.

Despite being interrupted by a fire alarm during the middle of proceedings and having to evacuate the Council House for a short period, we managed to cover a wide range of topics, including the city’s Social Inclusion Process, the impact of welfare reform and how we can hand more power and control to local communities.

The meeting was live streamed on the internet and you can view a recording by clicking here.


Building a Fairer Brum

Back in July, I reported on “Giving Hope, Changing Lives”, the social inclusion inquiry that is being led by the Bishop of Birmingham.  You can read my original post here.

The inquiry has now published a “Green Paper”, which sets out a series of ideas and recommendations to make our city a fairer place in which to live and work.  You can download a copy of the Green Paper by clicking here.

The Bishop and the inquiry team are keen to hear the views of Birmingham residents about the proposals.  You can have your say by logging on to the consultation portal at, or by commenting on the Fair Brum blog: