Media Watch – Feb 23

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Teen mums at all-time low (Birmingham Mail) The number of teenage girls getting pregnant in Birmingham is at a record low, new figures have shown.

City’s fast buck – pay to watch Usain train (Birmingham Mail) Plans to charge the people to watch Olympic athletes like the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt train in Birmingham have been slammed as a ‘disgrace’ by a local MP. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/02/birmingham%e2%80%99s-high-speed-link-up-and-running/

Council homes in pipeline (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have promised that land cleared after two eyesore tower blocks were demolished will be used for good quality social housing.

Athletes set for Gibson Relays (PA Newswire) Budding young athletes from across Birmingham are heading to Jamaica next month to compete in the 35th annual Gibson Relays. The overseas visit, which is part of the Jamaican Training Camp Legacy Exchange Programme, was organised by Birmingham City Council Leader Mike Whitby.

Library set to reopen as leaking roof fixed (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham library (Kings Heath) is to reopen after it was temporarily closed due to a leaking roof.

Birmingham council scrutiny report on end of allowances (BBC Online) A council’s decision to agree to change employee contracts and end payments for those working anti-social hours is to be looked at by a scrutiny committee.

City spending £36m to hire consultants (Birmingham Mail) The bill for hiring expensive consultants at Birmingham City Council has been cut by almost half.

Angela overcomes dyslexia to become top UK housing student (cih.org) Angela Gilraine, a concierge working for Birmingham City Council, has received the prestigious Student of the Year Award from the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City Carling Cup final tickets are all sold out
The ‘sold out’ signs went up at St Andrew’s after thousands of Blues fans queued through the night for the chance to follow their team to Wembley.

Oscar nomination for Midlands man for work on Inception
A Staffordshire man is part of a team of four that has been nominated for an Oscar for their work on a Hollywood film.

Body found in garden of Kingstanding house
THE body of a man was found in the garden of a house in Birmingham. West Midlands Police cordoned off a house at the junction of Dyas Road and Old Oscott Lane, in Kingstanding, following the discovery yesterday afternoon.

National Headlines

NHS to lose 50,000 jobs, TUC-backed False Economy says
More than 50,000 NHS jobs will be lost because of government spending cuts, a new anti-cuts campaign group says.

Divorcing couples to go through mediation before court
Divorcing couples will be referred to mediation to sort out most disputes before they are allowed to use the courts, the government is announcing.

Police cuts: Define front line, say MPs
The government has been urged to clear up “confusion” over what it means when it says police forces should prioritise the front line.

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