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Birmingham manifesto - public protection

May 1, 2014 4:09 PM

Public protection:

Crackdown on irresponsible private landlords

. Seek to reduce the requirement from licensing from 6 separate tenants to cover the thousands of ordinary properties currently used for letting. Councils such as Newham have been much more assertive in dealing with irresponsible landlords, who let down the sector as well as the city.

Scrap metal collectors.

These can provide a useful public service but may also create nuisance and provide cover for criminal activity. We will explore the use of zoning licences to manage this.

Pay-day loans.

We have championed measures to tackle the problem of pay-day loan companies. Demanding they be refused access to sell their wares through council computers and pressing for the promotion of credit unions.

We will continue to investigate measures to ensure they cannot exploit people who cannot afford to repay their loans.

City centre:

Birmingham has not benefited as much as other city and town centres from the introduction of high quality charity shops. We will investigate the creation of a voluntary sector zone to support charities and third sector organisations able to provide high quality premises in opposition to the pay-day lenders clustering in areas such as Bull Street.