Media Watch – April 16

By on 16/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham facing £9million overspend as it battles to balance books (Birmingham Birmingham City Council will be forced to dig deep into its savings in order to present a balanced budget at the end of the 2009-10 financial year.

Fraud soars in scramble for best schools (Birmingham Mail) Desperate parents are trying to get their children into the school of their choice by renting houses they don’t live in and pretending unrelated children are siblings.

Councils’ road maintenance contracts can yield £3bn savings (New Civil Engineer) Engineering firms’ work with local authorities could be under threat as the Conservative Party outlined plans to save £3bn. Many councils contacted were reluctant to speculate ahead of the election but a Birmingham City Council spokesman said renegotiations would not be that feasible on some arrangements, such as its £2.7bn highways PFI contract with Amey.

Report indicates boost from cultural city status (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham could expect a huge boost to its economy if it succeeds in the bid to become 2013 UK City of Culture.

International Dance Festival Birmingham supplement in the Birmingham Mail.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Airport remains closed by volcanic ash  (BBC)
Birmingham Airport will remain closed for a second day because of volcanic ash from Iceland blowing over the UK.

Birmingham play down row with bank Seymour Pierce  (BBC)
Birmingham City’s parent company insists it has not lost control of the club, despite an escalating row with investment bank Seymour Pierce.

Crews tackle timber factory fire in West Bromwich  (BBC)
Up to 50 firefighters have tackled a severe fire at a factory in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Parties claim TV debate verdict as Clegg shines 
Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems are each claiming their leader won the UK’s first prime ministerial debate as polls suggest Nick Clegg impressed viewers.

Mephedrone ban comes into force in UK 
A ban on synthetic stimulant mephedrone has come into force across the UK.

Housing market sees spring bounce, estate agents say 
The number of people trying to buy or sell homes has picked up in the past month, according to estate agents.

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