Media Watch – November 4

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City schools’ £6m windfall (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) More than £6 million is set to be pumped into Birmingham schools to help them cope with a predicted increase in pupil numbers, Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced.

Binmen set for week-long strike (BBC) Birmingham bin collectors are set to strike from 28 November over a dispute with the city council over pay and conditions.

If Charles House shuts down we won’t know where to turn (Birmingham Mail) Parents fear for the future of a care home in West Heath as Birmingham City Council looks to save £212 million.

Council chief: I understand how anxious families feel (Birmingham Mail) Eleanor Brazil, Birmingham City Council’s Transitional Director for Children,n Young People and Families spent around 90 minutes with parents discussing any potential changes to Charles House (see story above).

Chicago flights set for a return (Birmingham Mail) One of America’s most powerful politicians and a top US businesswoman have joined forces with the leader of Birmingham City Council in his quest to see direct flights resumed to Chicago.

Scrap dealers’ code appeal (Birmingham Mail) Scrap metal dealers in Birmingham will be asked to sign up to a voluntary code on conduct to stop the trade in stolen metals.

Science is made fun in new park (Birmingham Mail) Pupils from a Birmingham primary school are casting their expert eyes over plans for a new park dedicated to youngsters.

Birmingham claims a victory (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council – Britain’s largest local authority – helped more than 3,000 residents to obtain £10m in unclaimed benefits last year.

Taking a longer view (Municipal ,Journal) Social investment could offer local authorities a new model for squaring the circle on increasing demands on services  and the need for tight budget controls, suggest Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes and John Tizard, director of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships.

SWM announces green leaders (Chamberlink) Sustainability West Midlands has named Birmingham City Council’s Sandy Taylor as one of its green leaders.

MITIE wins city council contract (Chamberlink) Facilities management giant MITIE has secured a £350 million four-year works and maintenance contract with Birmingham City Council.

Construction of Harborne Pool and Leisure Centre nearing completion (Construction Now) Wates Construction, the contractor building Birmingham City Council’s new £12m Harborne Leisure Centre is set to put the finishing touches to the brand new facilities on Lordswood Road.

Biz 2 Biz (The Stage) The West Midlands is to get its own ‘Creative City’ in a new initiative announced by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Hope for jobs despite drop in business (Chamberlink) Job prospects in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area are likely to improve marginally over the next three months, according to Birmingham Chamber’s latest economic survey.

Coffee strengthens Jamaica ties (Chamberlink) Senator Norman W Grant, chief executive of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in Jamaica, visited Birmingham Botanical Gardens to present a new Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee plant. He was joined by leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Mike Whitby.

Regional Headlines

Protester set up new camp in public gardens
Protesters occupying Victoria Square have moved camp to a public garden nearby.

Anti-crime heads may get £100,000
The new elected commissioner responsible for West Midlands Police will be among the highest paid, it emerges.

National Headlines

Youth dropout blackspots mapped
The proportion of young people out of work, education or training has reached nearly one in four in some areas, a report says.

Lufthansa selling BMI to BA owner
Lufthansa announces that it is selling British Midland (BMI) to International Consolidated Airlines, which owns British Airways and Iberia.

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