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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|
Birmingham's recycling rate has dropped from 27% to 21% since 2014, figures show.
It has led to the city council taking on a plastic-free challenge in April for the whole month.
Councillor Liz Clements is leading the Plastic Free Birmingham Inquiry and at a council meeting last week, ideas raised to help to reduce plastic use included: The installation of water fountains or water refill stations along Broad Street, apps which allow you to scan a can or bottle to find out if it's recyclable and bins which thank the person disposing of rubbish.
An independent review into the handling of the Birmingham bin strike has found that former council leader John Clancy acted beyond his authority.
An agreement made with the union Unite to end the strike last August did not have the prior approval from other senior councillors, and proper governance processes were not followed, the report states.
He resigned in September 2017 following criticism of his handling of industrial action by refuse workers.
The city council said it was "committed to learning from what happened during the summer of 2017".
It also said there was no merit in civil or criminal proceedings arising from this but the matter would be referred to the standards committee.
Councillor Clancy, who declined be interviewed by the governance review, described the report as a "whitewash" and "nonsense from start to finish", andvowed to publish his own findings in the new year.
Political Reporter, BBC WM
Bin workers in Birmingham have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.
Unite says members in the city have been denied a council payment made to GMB members who did not walk out in the long-running dispute last year.
There was a 73% turnout, the union said, and a total of 93% of those who voted, agreed to take some form of action.
The union said it will start short of strike action, on 29 December but involve a strict work to rule.
The city council has previously denied that the payment made to GMB workers was connected with the strikes.
BBC Midlands Today
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Birmingham City Council to reverse proposed cuts to its cultural budget for 2019.
The cash-strapped local authority plans to reduce the money it gives in grants to arts and cultural organisations by a third, to save just over £1m.
Cultural groups say the move will have an impact on the city's economy and reputation.
The council says it'll work with the various organisations affected to try and help them become self-sufficient "where possible".
BBC WM, Political Reporter
Care workers have handed over a Scrooge Christmas card addressed to Birmingham's council leader as part of an ongoing dispute over plans to cut their working hours.
A group of about 25 staff gathered outside the council house to protest today.
Unison said working hours had been proposed which would see staff working triple split-shifts over a 16-hour day.
The council said change was "vital" to better meet patient needs.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Birmingham City Council wants to hire a dedicated immigration boss in a bid to help asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
It is thought about 250,000 of Birmingham’s 1.1 million population are migrants and in 2016 alone it welcomed more than 15,000 new arrivals.
Charities and other organisations identified people from 120 different countries who needed support.
The new post, set to cost £59,000 for about 12 months, is part of a wider bid which has been made to the government worth £862,542 in total.
It is hoped the money, if granted, will help about 4,000 asylum seekers, refugees and EU migrants in areas such as housing and welfare support and help ease "pressure points".
The cabinet is expected to retrospectively approve the funding request at a meeting tomorrow.