The cost of tackling the essential maintenance and repairs backlog for buildings owned by Birmingham City Council has been estimated at a quarter of a billion pounds, reports The Birmingham Post (p2).
Support for a Private Member's Bill to reform the rules on annuity-based pensions has succeeded, despite opposition from government managers. The Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill received its second reading and will now be examined by a commons committee in parliament.
HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER WOULD RESULT IN£1.25BN REFURBISHMENT AND 700 NEW JOBS
Transferring Birmingham's entire council housing stock to the independent sector would lead to a£1.25bn refurbishment and create 700 new construction industry jobs, according to figures contained in a formal document Birmingham City Council sent to 88,000 homes this week, reports The Birmingham Post (p5).
by assistant editor Neil Watson