Media Watch – March 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

St Andrew’s event after Blues’ Carling Cup triumph (BBC, ITV Central, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City’s Carling Cup triumph will be celebrated at a civic reception at their St Andrew’s stadium on Sunday.

Almost 70 per cent of Birmingham pupils to get first choice of school (Birmingham Post.net, Birmingham Mail) Almost 70 per cent of Birmingham pupils have been offered their first preference of secondary school, council figures show. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/70-per-cent-of-birmingham-pupils-get-first-preference-school/

Pothole damage costs council £50,000 (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have been forced to pay more than £50,000 to drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes in the last two years alone.

‘We’ll have the best roads in Britain’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham will have the best roads in the country within five years, says the man with the mammoth task of fixing them.

U-turn over bid to move city carnival (Birmingham Mail) A bid to move Birmingham’s biggest carnival from its traditional High Street spot over crime and yob behaviour fears has been withdrawn. Traders had applied to Birmingham City Council for a review of the licence but have now had a change of heart.

Protest bid to halt new superstore (Birmingham Mail) Another of the big supermarkets is facing a growing ‘people power’ battle against plans to open another store in Birmingham. Asda needs to buy a small section of Woodgate Valley Country Park from Birmingham City Council.

Academies bid sparks cost probe (Birmingham Mail) Seventeen Birmingham City Council staff are having to deal with applications from schools who want to become academies, the authority’s education chief has revealed.

Moseley Road Baths repair funds found (Birmingham Mail) A popular Birmingham baths is in line reopen to swimmers after £55,000 was found to fund repairs. The cash from Birmingham City Council’s finance department will repair damage to the fire exit, which has closed one of the pools at Moseley Road Baths, in Balsall Heath.

Regional Headlines

City moving into fast lane (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is standing on the brink of becoming one of Europe’s global transport hubs, says Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

Murder probe after body discovery in Handsworth flat
A murder inquiry has been started after a 53-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Insurers set for sex discrimination ruling
Young women could face big increases in the cost of car insurance, if insurers are told that they have to stop quoting different prices for men and women.

Aid budget will be better focused, say ministers
The government is to outline plans to stop direct development aid to 16 countries and freeze the level of assistance given to India.

Government health reform plans ‘unethical’ warns BMA
A key element of the government’s NHS reform programme has been branded “disgracefully unethical” by the British Medical Association (BMA).

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