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Birmingham council bosses lack ‘courage’ to manage BME staff 

19 Mar 13

Some Birmingham City Council officials lack the “courage” to manage ethnic minority employees…

Hundreds of Midland firms caught employing illegal immigrants 

3 Mar 13

UK Border Agency crackdown results in fines totalling £3million…

Remploy staff bid to buy factories 

26 Feb 13

Remploy workers bid to turn three factories into a social enterprise which they say will save the jobs of more than 200 disabled staff.

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The importantance of being useful 

Diary of a Gimpy Kid… 4 Feb 13

In my mind, all disabled people want from life, is to feel like they are being useful to others, appreciated for thier efforts and to be feel like they are making a difference, no matter how small the contribution is.

Ed Miliband in West Midlands to launch youth jobs campaign 

31 Jan 13

Labour leader meets students and apprentices on visit to Birmingham and Black Country…

Valerie raises underemployment at Treasury Questions 

29 Jan 13

On Tuesday 29 January 2013 at Treasury Questions, Valerie asked the Chancellor about underemployment within the workforce.

Councils’ call to run job centres 

28 Dec 12

The leaders of the four Black Country councils call on the government to let them take over control of local job centres.

Employee ownership: Remploy and beyond 

18 Dec 12

Employee ownership could save Remploy factory after success of the co-operative model in the UK and beyond Remploy workers living with the threat of redundancy in Birmingham this Christmas could have a more hopeful New Year if plans to turn…

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Will G4S or Capita get a better deal for disabled people than Garretts Green Remploy? 

11 Dec 12

Reproduced from a  co-operators’ website : A DWP spokesman said that money to be reallocated from Remploy would be used more effectively to get disabled people into mainstream jobs – following advice from disability expert Liz Sayce.

Workers’ co-operative plan to save Birmingham Remploy jobs 

10 Dec 12

A John Lewis-style workers co-operative is being planned for Birminghams Remploy factory giving new hope to dozens of disabled staff.

Two West Midlands Remploy plants saved 

7 Dec 12

Two Remploy factories for the disabled at Birmingham and Coventry have been granted a reprieve from closure – throwing around 200 workers a vital pre-Christmas lifeline.

Two West Midland Remploy plants saved 

7 Dec 12

Two Remploy factories for the disabled at Birmingham and Coventry have been granted a reprieve from closure – throwing around 200 workers a vital pre-Christmas lifeline.

Hundreds of workers risk job loss 

6 Dec 12

Hundreds more disabled workers at Remploy factories risk losing their jobs, but sites in Coventry and Birmingham will remain open.

IPDD: Cameron commandeers paralympics while disabled put on Workfare, Remploy shutting & hate crime on rise 

100 miles from the sea 3 Dec 12

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Youth Summit Lineup 

Midlands TUC Media 28 Nov 12

We are pleased to announce our Black Country Youth Unemployment Summit being held this Friday Nov 30th in Dudley…

Walsall Council in flexi-work clampdown 

1 Nov 12

A crackdown on flexible working at Walsall Council has been launched by bosses as they try to claw back savings and keep staff cuts to a minimum.

Police pay out £5m in officers’ bonuses 

20 Oct 12

Cash-strapped West Midlands Police paid out more than £5 million in bonuses to its officers over the past year, it was revealed today.

My disdain for job agencies grows daily 

The Sturdy Soapbox 18 Oct 12

"Keith doesn't suffer fools gladly"...

I've held them in low regard for over thirty years since I was pissed about in the west country. Had me up and down the M4 chasing jobs I'd no chance of getting.

Working population at record high 

17 Oct 12

THE number of people in work has reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever, official figures have revealed.

WM businesses optimistic about job creation 

Duncan Tift 28 Feb 11

Businesses in the West Midlands are the most optimistic outside London about their job creation prospects, new research shows…

Walsall’s worst budget in 30 years 

Walsall Labour Party 26 Feb 11

Walsall Tories have passed a budget which only promises more pain for residents and communities…

Walsall Council workers set to lose bonus of bank holidays 

Chris Philpotts 25 Feb 11

Walsall Council is set to wave goodbye to its Bank Holiday Tuesdays, council leader Mike Bird revealed this week…

Police fighting plan to make them quit 

25 Feb 11

Dozens of West Midlands Police officers have fought a controversial move to make them retire after completing 30 years of service, figures revealed today…

More than 430 Walsall Council jobs to go 

25 Feb 11

More than 430 jobs are to go as Walsall Council aims to save £23.5m over the next year…

Walsall cuts passed but Tories should take no credit 

Pheasey Park Farm Labour 24 Feb 11

For Walsall Tories in general to try and take credit for the council tax freeze is pure political opportunism…

New Statesman – No work for the lost generation 

24 Feb 11

I’ve just spotted this article in the ‘New Satesman’, a lengthy and thoughtful piece about youth unemployment and the state of Brownhills…

WM Police Authority freeze council tax despite jobs threat 

Mark Cowan 18 Feb 11

Police chiefs have spared the coffers of householders by agreeing to freeze its council tax precept despite the swinging budget cuts it is facing…

Pay freeze for more than one million local government workers 

LocalGov 17 Feb 11

More than one million local government employees will have their pay frozen for a second year running…

Our region can stay strong 

Roger McKenzie 17 Feb 11

I am sure that I have mentioned several times before that I was born and bred in Walsall. This bond with Walsall, the Black Country and the region as a whole is really important to me…

Councillors to get veto on town hall salaries over £100k 

16 Feb 11

Councillors are to be granted powers to block salaries over £100,000 under plans set out by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, to reduce excessive local authority pay…

Council staff on £58,000 to be named in war on waste 

7 Feb 11

As many as 15,000 council workers earning more than £58,000 a year are to be named under government plans to force local authorities to cut middle management waste…

Walsall Council workers facing compulsory redundancies 

27 Jan 11

Compulsory redundancies at Walsall Council are now “inevitable” after only 165 workers applied to voluntarily leave the authority, it was revealed today…

Coalition fails to match spending cuts with growth policies – Lambert 

James Reed 25 Jan 11

The Coalition Government has failed to match its spending cuts with policies that support growth, according to the outgoing director-general of the CBI…

West Midlands suffers UK’s biggest rise in unemployment 

19 Jan 11

The West Midlands has seen the biggest rise in unemployment in the country, with an increase of 48,000 in the quarter to November, official figures have revealed…

WM firms braced for cuts 

Marc Reeves 13 Jan 11

State of the Region

Businesses in the West Midlands are more worried about the impact on the economy of Government cuts than their counterparts in other regions…

Lack of clarity on LEPs 

Tamlyn Jones 12 Jan 11

State of the Region

Not a single business person in the West Midlands is prepared to claim they fully understand the future role of the new Local Enterprise Partnerships…

Half of firms expecting to recruit in 2011 

Duncan Tift 11 Jan 11

State of the Region

Almost half of businesses in the West Midlands expect to take on new staff during 2011 as the drive to sustain the region’s growth following recession continues…

Austerity measures won’t stop WM growth 

Tamlyn Jones 10 Jan 11

State of the Region

The economic outlook for the West Midlands during 2011 appears rosy with plenty of business confidence that both revenues and staff numbers will grow…

Walsall nurse struck off for ‘dragging’ dementia patient 

Jonny Greatrex Mercury 9 Jan 11

A nurse accused of dragging a semi-naked patient by his wrist along the floor of a dementia ward has been struck off…

Social Workers worth their weight in gold but Walsall pay peanuts 

Ian Robertson Walsall South Labour 8 Jan 11

The following notice of motion is down for full Council to debate Monday 10th January – to increase the levels of pay of social workers in Walsall to match that of our neighbours in the rest of the West Midlands and Staffordshire as they are currently on 30% less than Staffs County Council and the second lowest in the Black Country…

Council leaders defend £150k chiefs in pay cut call 

8 Jan 11

Conservative council leaders today rallied round to defend chief executives who earn more than £150,000-a-year – after receiving demands from the government that they take a pay cut…

Walsall council offer to end equal pay dispute 

31 Dec 10

Thousands of Walsall Council employees locked in an equal pay battle with town hall bosses are to be made offers in a bid to settle the dispute. But officials from the union Unite have advised their members not to agree terms because they say the offer is derisory…

Royal Mail takes on staff in Darlaston to ease bad weather backlog 

18 Dec 10

Around 100 extra postal staff in the West Midlands have been taken on to cope with the bad weather…

WM Fire Service warns of jobs cuts 

Jane Tyler 17 Dec 10

West Midlands Fire Service has warned it may have to slash jobs in 2012 as it struggles to balance the books after tougher than expected Government spending cuts…

Job losses ‘inevitable’ at Walsall Council 

Amy Bowen 16 Dec 10

Bosses at Walsall Council admit job losses are “inevitable” as the authority seeks to trim up to £36m off its budget…

WM unemployment rises 12,000 in three months 

Mercury 15 Dec 10

Unemployment in the West Midlands rose by 5.3% to 238,000 in the three months to October, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 12,000 more people were unemployed in the region…

WM Police ‘disappointed’ with funding result 

14 Dec 10

Police chiefs in the West Midlands have reacted with “disappointment” after discovering they face a nine per cent budget cut in Government funding over the next two years. West Midlands Police has been told it will have its budget slashed by four per cent next year and another five per cent the year after…

Gizza job 

13 Dec 10

The coming week is likely to be a grim one in the run up to peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Our cabinet on Walsall council are about to unleash a programme of cuts to public services that will make the programme of cuts enforced by our coalition government seem like civic responsibility. Now would be a good time for a skiing trip to Klosters…

Walsall firm may have to look overseas for fill vacancies for apprentices 

Brett Gibbons 7 Dec 10

Desperate bosses may be forced to look overseas to fill vacancies for apprentices at a booming Walsall engineering firm…

£750-a-day Walsall Council HR boss in new cost dispute 

25 Nov 10

The £750-a-day temporary human resources boss at Walsall Council is also getting an allowance to stay at a top hotel, it emerged today…

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