Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 20 February 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 20 Feb 21.

The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed.
You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

Covid-19 news

Councillors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds across Birmingham have joined together to publish a video promoting the Covid-19 vaccine uptake within BAME communities.

Do YOU have questions about the COVID vaccine? There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so make sure you’re getting it from a trusted source. Find more information about the COVID vaccine.

Birmingham and Solihull NHS website also has useful answers to frequently-asked-questions about the Covid vaccine.

Rapid (LFD) testing is available for ANYONE WITHOUT symptoms, who lives OR works in Birmingham, at locations across the city (weather permitting).

The council has launched a second round of business support grant payments following an earlier round of successful grant pay-outs to struggling businesses.

The council will be introducing much-needed financial grants to eligible taxi drivers of private hire and hackney carriage vehicles.

Visit the council’s website for translated audio and written information on coronavirus Test and Trace.

For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website

Local news

The council’s budget proposals for 2021/22 have been published. Have your say on our vision and priorities.

City Cabinet Members have been talking about the council’s budget plans for 2021/22: Leader Cllr Ian WardDeputy Leader Cllr Brigid JonesCllr Kate Booth, Children’s Wellbeing; Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Finance and ResourcesCllr John Cotton, Social Inclusion, Community Safety & Equalities; Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Adult Social Care services; Cllr John O’Shea, waste services and cleaner streets; Cllr Waseem Zaffar, transport and environment.

On Sunday 21 March 2021, everyone in England and Wales will be asked to complete the Census survey. By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years. Birmingham’s diverse Census engagement team, who speak a wide range of languages, will be working with local communities across the city to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

Birmingham is the largest city economy in the UK outside London and a key driver of growth in the West Midlands. Our aim for Birmingham is to ensure future development is evenly spread across the city. Have your say on ‘Shaping Our City Together’.

The council is launching a survey to understand inequalities in experiences of pregnancy and early parenthood among African and Caribbean women. It’s part of a programme of work to tackle health inequalities affecting these communities through a partnership project between Birmingham and Lewisham councils.

More than £4m of further walking and cycling improvements to be delivered across Birmingham through funding supporting the improvement of active travel (cycling and walking) provision and safety in towns and cities. Meet your local councillor at free-to-attend online Birmingham Ward Forums.

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