Media Watch – Oct 28

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council twists firms’ arms (Birmingham Post) Hundreds of firms are under pressure to cut their costs by up to 15 per cent if they want to retain valuable Birmingham City Council contracts. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13594

£200m work to start as gulf deal is agreed (Birmingham Post) Preliminary work will begin before Christmas on building Birmingham’s £200 million Beorma Quarter in Digbeth. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13599

Library to ‘change the way we learn’ (Birmingham Post) As the new Library of Birmingham begins to take shape, editor Alun Thorne spoke to the man tasked with creating a facility fit for the new century (Brian Gambles).

Return of the king’s statue to city centre after long restoration (Birmingham Post) A statue of King Edward VII will return to Birmingham City Centre next week after an absence of almost 60 years following major restoration work. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13626

Ofsted rates review into death of Birmingham child as inadequate (Birmingham Post) An inquiry into the death of a child in Birmingham is among 23 Serious Case Reviews judged to be inadequate by watchdog Ofsted.

Young artists celebrate city (Birmingham Post) Two of Birmingham’s most promising young artists have been commissioned to create new pieces for the city with the help of members of the public as part of a new arts festival this weekend. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13379

Sale of airport stake could be worth £67m (Birmingham Post) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could make £67 million by disposing of its interest in Birmingham Airport.

Police misled council over CCTV (Birmingham Post) West Midlands Police deliberately misled city councillors over the siting of 216 surveillance cameras in Muslim areas of Birmingham because they wanted to disguise the fact that the network was primarily an anti-terrorism measure, an independent inquiry has concluded. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13573

Fraudsters cost city £5.8 million (Guardian, Birmingham Mail) A top Birmingham politician has vowed to keep the pressure on fraudsters after the city council revealed it had uncovered £5.8 million of benefit overpayments.

City Tories slam government for axing job creation scheme (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Tory-led council has slammed the Government’s decision to axe  a job-creation scheme (Future Jobs Fund).

Birmingham is making the most of 2012 (DCMS website) Birmingham City Council Leader Mike Whitby explains how the city has grabbed its 2012 Olympics opportunities.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham ‘acid’ mother phoned police six times
A mother accused of stabbing her three-year-old daughter and then dousing the body in acid rang police several times the day before, a court has heard.

M6 widening scheme given go ahead by minister
The secretary of state for transport is visiting parts of the West Midlands motorway network a day after reviewing several congestion improvement schemes.

Four hurt as car crashes into Oldbury home
A woman was seriously hurt and three children were injured when a car crashed into their home bringing down a kitchen wall and ceiling.

National Headlines

Cameron in phone plea to leaders over EU budget
Prime Minister David Cameron has phoned several of his European counterparts, hours before the start of the EU summit in Brussels, urging them to reject a big rise in the organisation’s budget.

House prices fell 0.7% in October, says Nationwide
House prices dropped in October compared with the previous month as the property market saw an autumn fall, according to the Nationwide.

Six water companies ‘fail to hit leakage targets’
More than a quarter of all water companies in England and Wales failed to do enough to tackle leaks last year, the industry regulator Ofwat has said.

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