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6 March 2020

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news and events
from Birmingham City Council.




On Thursday 5 March, the UK Chief Medical Officer confirmed further positive cases for COVID-19 infection in the UK, including one case in Birmingham. Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS colleagues and Birmingham City Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

Rough sleeping figures released by the government show the rough sleeping across Birmingham has reduced.

Ahead of the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone this summer, applications are now open for temporary exemption permits for residents and low income workers in the Clean Air Zone.  Exemptions for businesses and community transport vehicles with section 19 and 22 permits are also available on application.

City pupils have found out which secondary school they will attend in September, with those receiving their first preference school increasing by over three per cent.

The Prevention and Communities Grants Programme is investing £4.9m in 49 projects across the city that help people stay independent.

It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8 March. An empowering collection of creators, innovators, activists and changemakers, have their stories shared in Once Upon A Time in Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream. The book is an inspiring read on any day of the year. You can order copies here.

A dozen Birmingham girls who ‘dared to dream’ have been awarded the first grants from a special fund launched by Birmingham City Council and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity. 


st patricks


Join thousands of on-lookers at the St Patrick’s Day Parade along Digbeth High Street on 15 March. from Irish dancers to Caribbean dancers, Welsh dragons to Chinese dragons, the St Patrick's Festival has always been a vibrant celebration of multiculturalism. 

Are you 29+ looking for work, employment, education or training? Join providers Midland Mencap, Birmingham MIND, and Job Centre Plus, at PURE Drop-in Sessions, at Grand Central, John Lewis, 4th floor, Community Hub, B42 4AU, on 13 March, 1-5pm, and 31 March, 9.30am-1pm.

The 2020 YONEX All England Badminton Championships is set to attract the world’s best players and fans the world over to make Birmingham their home for five days, from 11-15 March.

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea on Sunday 22 March at Moseley’s prestigious Highbury Hall.

The 2020 Gymnastics World Cup returns to Arena Birmingham on Saturday 28 March and will showcase some of the best gymnasts in the world.

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Birmingham Transport Plan

The plan sets out what the city needs to do differently to meet the demands of the future, including reallocating road space, transforming the city centre, prioritising active travel in local neighbourhoods and managing demand through parking measures. Have your say before 27 March.

Digbeth High Street

Proposals to create an attractive, pedestrian-friendly space, with major improvements to public transport, and reduction in traffic. Have your say before 27 March.

East Birmingham Inclusive Growth Strategy

A 20-year vision for the transformation of East Birmingham, to be delivered through a focus on places, and people. Have your say before 11 May.