Media Watch – December 15

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City arts heritage struggles to cope as funding slashed (Birmingham Post) Misleading headline to an article that reports the decision to safeguard arts grants at 2011/12 levels for the next two years.

Office and hotel scheme set for city centre eyesore (Birmingham Post) An eyesore site in Birmingham city centre is to be transformed in a multi-million pound offices and hotel scheme. Council bosses are close to concluding a deal to redevelop two acres of Great Charles Street, currently used as a car park.

£20m bid to turn NIA into global venue (Birmingham Post) A £20m scheme aimed at turning Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena into one of the world’s best concert venues has been unveiled. The work is being made possible thanks to a loan from Birmingham City Council.

Does your school make the grade (Birmingham Post) Birmingham pupils have recorded another successful year with a rise in the annual SATs results.

£20,000 for ‘program change’ (Birmingham Post) The value to Birmingham City Council of its £1 billion contract with Capita has been called into question again after the local authority was quoted £20,000 for a ‘simple’ computer programme change to be implemented.

Charity bra challenge nearing finishing line (Birmingham Mail) Women unwrapping new lingerie this Christmas are being urged to donate their old bras to help a breast cancer charity’s Olympic challenge. Cllr Sue Anderson quoted.

City centre gets eighth strip club (Birmingham Mail) Concerns that Birmingham city centre may have reached saturation point for lap dancing and strip clubs have been raised by councillors.

Celebration of Santa Lucia (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Cathedral held a traditional Swedish celebration to mark Santa Lucia in the presence of the city’s Lord Mayor.

Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Lost in Lace exhibition. (Blueprint Magazine)

On the frontline (Regional Review) Cities are the frontline for the battle to secure smart and sustainable growth and Eurocities have been at the forefront of promoting this agenda. Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Regional Headlines

Pair charged with murder of boy
A man and a woman from Birmingham are charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy in the Ward End area of the city.

Couple guilty of monkey cruelty
A man and woman are found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a pet monkey which had to be put down because of its injuries.

Transport schemes get £850m boost
The government announces £854m in funding for 21 transport schemes across England, including one in Birmingham.

National Headlines

PM to vow ‘problem family’ action
David Cameron is to announce a £448m plan to identify and get help to “problem families” in England.

Green tech ‘won’t mean big bills’
Claims that the costs of wind farms and other low-carbon technology will lead to sharp rises in fuel bills are wrong, government advisers say.

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