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Funding Opportunity for Local Charities and Community Groups

Local charities and community groups in the Northfield area have the opportunity to apply for funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Funds awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health and wellbeing, and community support.

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across the UK so I would encourage local charities and community groups to apply for this funding.

Charities and community groups in the Northfield area make an invaluable contribution to our local area, improving life chances and making Northfield a better place to live in. This is an exciting opportunity for groups in the Northfield area to continue this work through applying for funding for new projects.

Applications for the Community Fund can be made until 10th October. There will then be a vote on the projects, with the winners announced in January.

Applications for funding can be made here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/…/us…/aboutthecompetition

BIN STRIKE UPDATE

After weeks of missed collections across Birmingham, I am relieved that agreement has been reached to bring the bins dispute to an end and I thank the Council and Unions for doing so. Birmingham residents have understandably been left angry and frustrated by all of this, but they too will be relieved to have the clean streets that they expect and are entitled to.

The immediate focus must now be on the backlog of missed collections and clearing the mountains of rubbish that have been left behind on Birmingham’s streets and estates. My team and I will continue to work with local councillors and residents to report outstanding collections and piles of rubbish while the clean-up gets underway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-40948937

Summer Newsletter

 

In this, my first Parliamentary Newsletter since the General Election, I want to say thank you to the people of Birmingham Northfield Constituency for re-electing me as your MP. To have been re- elected with a majority that was almost double that of the previous election is an even greater honour.

So in saying a personal thank you to all who voted for me, I also want to underline that I am the MP for everyone in the constituency, whoever you voted for at election time. My priority has always been to be a good local MP, with solid roots in the area. If there is any issue you would like to bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can find out how you can get in touch, here.

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer.

Best wishes,

Richard Read more

Missed Bin Collections

Like so many other people who live in Birmingham, I and my family have been experiencing problems with missed bin collections, with overflowing wheelie bins left uncollected or picked up days late for a number of weeks now.

As an MP I have also been inundated with calls and e-mails from residents who have been going through the same thing. According to a report in the Birmingham Mail this week, the number of missed collections has soared by 5,000 a week since the start of the present industrial dispute between Birmingham City Council and unions representing bin crews.

The council has set up a web link on which people can report missed collections here: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/…/report_a_missed_bin_or_sack…

Every time a resident contacts my office with details of where collections have been missed, we also report this to the council and ask them to go out to pick up the rubbish as soon as possible.

None of this, of course, means the problem goes away and it is clear that a long term solution requires a resolution of the current dispute. Obviously, not being a party to the dispute, neither I nor any of my Birmingham Labour MP colleagues have it in our power to solve it directly. What I can tell you is that, between us, we are in touch with both the city council and the unions to emphasise the importance of bringing the dispute to an end as soon as possible.

Raising Issue of Illegal Traveller Encampments in Parliament

This week I raised this issue with the Government. As many constituents will personally know, this has been a persistent problem across the constituency in recent months. You can see my question and the Government’s response here: