Media Watch – 18 August

 Birmingham City Council Headlines

 Perks of the job – How Council bosses wined and dined (Birmingham Post) Newspaper outlines details of entries by senior officers in the corporate gifts and hospitality register. Various individual items highlighted as well as the guidance on what is acceptable.

 City could cash in on £700m pool (Birmingham Post) Business rates generated within the city centre enterprise zone likely to amount to around £700m, which will be retained by the LEP for re-investment

 Caretaker had sex with pupil (Birmingham Mail) Trial of former caretaker from Great Barr School ongoing over claims he had sex with a pupil during time she was aged 12-15.

 A-level results day (Radio WM) Live from Small Heath School as pupils open results

 Traders leading battle battle for markets (Birmingham Mail & Post) Interviews with traders about the future of the Wholesale Market as the Mail launches a ‘support our markets’ campaign. Article also included featuring interview with Cllr Tilsley pledging city council’s commitment to market traders and finding an alternative site in the city.

 Myplace contractor appointed (Birmingham Post) Building firm appointed to build Council’s Myplace youth centre in Longbridge. Cllr Lawrence quoted on importance of the scheme

 Clean-up after travellers go (Birmingham Mail) Major clean up begins immediately at Cofton Park after group of travellers vacate the site leaving significant amount of rubbish behind.

 Mayor praises post riot community spirit (Radio 5 Live) Lord Mayor praises community spirit following last week’s disturbances

 Regional Headlines

Enterprise Zones to bring 46,000 new jobs (Birmingham Post) Enterprise zones in Wolverhampton, Hereford and Nuneaton given the go-ahead. Adding to the already agreed Birmingham City Centre this will mean up to 46,000 new jos to be created in the region.

 Businesses say riots cost them millions (Birmingham Mail, Post, BBC) Retail Birmingham says disturbances cost shop sin the city millions and many are still struggling to attract regular shoppers to return

 Looters in court (Birmingham Mail) Trials continuing of looters aged from 13-53 following last week’s disturbances.

 Winson Green memorials begin (various media) Funerals and public memorial event for 3 men who died in Winson Green during disturbances to take place today

 National Headlines

 A-Level results day

 Duncan-Smith says Britain at ‘last chance saloon’  to solve social crisis

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