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Birmingham City Council
There has been a boundary change in Birmingham and there are 19 fewer seats than before.
To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say what the seats would have been in other elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 67||Total councillors 67||Change+1|
|Elected in 2018 25||Total councillors 25||Change+1|
|Elected in 2018 8||Total councillors 8||Change-3|
|Elected in 2018 1||Total councillors 1||Change+1|
|Councillors change compared with 2016|
Political Reporter, BBC WM
The number of fake goods seized in Birmingham during lockdown has been "astronomical", according to the head of the city's trading standards.
Tony Quigley was speaking to BBC WM as the council had £10,000 of counterfeit clothing destroyed.
The haul included fake items bearing the labels of brands like Nike, Versace and Gucci.
But Mr Quigley said it wasn't just clothing which was being seized: "We've also during the pandemic seen fake personal protective equipment, we've seen fake sanitiser, we've seen other items like Covid tests."
Until now, with the recycling centres reopening post-lockdown, only trips in cars have been allowed.
The city council said the service wasn't available yet to businesses and residents would still have to book a slot via their website.
BBC Shared Data Unit
Birmingham City Council is forecasting a shortfall of £212m over 2020-21 and 2021-22 and said effectively declaring itself bankrupt "would not rectify this situation".
Nearly nine out of ten local authorities face budget deficits as a result of the coronavirus, including 10 of the 14 in the West Midlands.
Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in the country, is facing the UK's biggest worst-case shortfall, although the £212m includes a reduction in the council's rates and tax collection.
The shortfall equates to £186 for every person living in the city.
Some councils have considered using a section 114 notice, which basically stops a council from making any new spending commitments, but still honours its existing ones.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The Local Democracy Reporting Service in the West Midlands has been covering these stories:
- Plans for Birmingham's future after lockdown which could see wider pavements and curbs on car usage have moved forward a step. The city council's cabinet approved the emergency scheme, which also includes expanding the cycle network, and will bid for government funding.
- Job losses and debt from the impact of coronavirus could lead to more people taking their own lives, health bosses in Walsall have warned. Councillors were told there's been no increase in suicides but officials were worried about the coming months as the economic affects set in.
- Two schools in Birmingham will be expanded to teach an extra 374 pupils as part of proposals to tackle the city's rising population. The city council approved business cases for both Kings Heath Boys Secondary School and Waverley School, Small Heath, amid an increase in birth rates and with more families moving into the city.
The effectiveness of the government's new test and trace system is being called into question by Birmingham councillors and local MPs.
BBC Radio WM has seen a letter from them claiming five days after it was rolled out only half of positive coronavirus cases were tracked down by tracers employed by the government.
The letter also claims on average those people who had Covid-19 could only provide fewer than one contact each for the tracers to call.
Liam Byrne, Labour MP for Hodge Hill, is among the signatures to the letter and described the current system as "hit and miss".
"Only 40% of people who reported were actually contacted and the number of people that everyone reported looked weirdly low so the system isn't robust enough to keep the city safe," he said.
The Department of Health says the service is helping save lives and there are more than 25,000 contact tracers in place, who have all been trained and are fully supported.