Media Watch – Dec 6

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council ‘faces £40m more cuts’ (BBC news online, BBC WM) An extra £40m will have to be cut from Birmingham City Council’s budget because of extra government funding cuts and increased costs, the Leader says.

68 jobs threatened at window firm (B’ham Mail, B’ham Post) Up to 68 jobs could be lost at a Birmingham City Council owned double glazing window company which specialised in hiring disabled workers.

Autumn statement cops and council braced to make more savings (B’ham Mail, B’ham Post) West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council face even more spending cuts after the Chancellor announced he was set to miss his targets.  The city council will today announce its budget plans.

Museum chief to step down (B’ham Mail, B’ham, Post) The director of the newly merged Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank Museum has steeped down from the role after only seven months.

Famous pub fears axe for live music (B’ham Mail, B’ham Post) The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath fear their live music licence could be at risk because of housing planning licence.  The city council said it had received a planning application and people have until Dec 10 to submit there comments.

City to lead way on Heseltine proposal to develop powers (B’ham Post) Birmingham is providing a “new model” for how power and funding could be devolved to big cities and regions across the country, Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed.

MP Mitchell weights in on fight against green belt housing (B’ham Post) MP Andrew Mitchell will host a public meeting on Saturday December 8 to lobby Birmingham City Council on its proposals to build houses on green fields in north and east Sutton Coldfield.

Wheelie bin debate (B’ham Post) A for and against piece about the council’s plans to bring wheelie bins to the city.  For wheelie bins is BCC’s Cllr Mckay.  Against is Cllr Jon Hunt.

Housing trust to stop loan sharks (North West Housing News) A housing trust has set up a series of activities to raise the awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.  Tony Quigley, head of England Illegal Money Lending Team quoted.

Brum’s station may be linked by cable cars (B’ham Mail) Transport bosses are to look at plans for Birmingham to get a city centre cable car system to move passengers between three major railways.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City Council ‘faces £40m more cuts’. An extra £40m will have to be cut from Birmingham City Council’s budget because of extra government funding cuts and increased costs, leaders say.

Virgin gets West Coast extension – Ministers say Virgin Trains will run the West Coast Mainline for a further 23 months.

National Headlines
Balls and Osborne row over mess – George Osborne says he will not listen to the man ‘responsible’ for the UK’s economic ‘mess’ as Labour’s Ed Balls says coalition policy is failing.

Tanks deployed in Egypt’s capital – The Egyptian army has deployed tanks outside the presidential palace after clashes between supporters and opponents of the president.

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