Thursday, June 13, 2013

Unemployment in Acocks Green and Yardley

A bit of good news as unemployment in Yardley declined by 131 month on month. Youth unemployment dropped by 73, but remains at over 1000 and the number of long term unemployed remained essentially static, increasing by one to 1464.

Acocks Green is behind the Birmingham unemployment claimant rate (11.7%) with a claimant rate of 10.2%, the second lowest in the ward. Sheldon has a claimant rate of just 7.4%, but Stechford is slightly higher than us on 10.6% and South Yardley is up on 11.9%, which translates to 1405 claimants in total.

The map's darker areas show the patches of unemployment by severity. Aston, for example, has an unemployment rate over 30% and the four Sutton Coldfield wards are all under 4%.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Diary Date - Full Council AGM

Full Council
Tuesday 11 June 2013 - 4pm
Council Chamber
And you can now watch online here.

A foreshortened agenda and a late start today. Key items on the agenda will be:
  • Report of The Lord Mayor 2012/13
  • Election of The Lord Mayor 2013/14
  • Dates of meetings for coming municipal year
  • Annual constitutional review
  • Appointment of cabinet members
  • Appointment to council committees and other bodies
This is a meeting open to the public and we've certainly seen significant use of the online streaming - far more have watched online than have attended these meetings in a year.

We'll be welcoming Cllr Mike Leddy (Lab) as our new Lord Mayor for the coming year. He's a good guy and deserves the job - he will be an excellent first citizen of the city. 

Planning Applications to 8 June 2013

Two this week.

2013/03874/PA - 8 Elton Grove, B27 7SE
Erection of 3.8m deep single storey rear extension. Maximum height 3.7m, eaves height 2.7m

2013/03849/PA - 56 Broom Hall Crescent, B27 7JR
Erection of single storey rear extension

You can find the details by inputting the reference number into the Council online database here

If you have any comments, you can submit them online - feel free to pass your comments on to me.