Media Watch – April 24

By on 24/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham council, fights to prevent cuts (Guardian) The leader of Birmingham city council says entire services face the axe, yet Eric Pickles refuses to negotiate. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Food banks: ‘It’s immoral but we have to support people’ (Guardian) Welfare reform will have a huge impact on Birmingham’s poorest households – but can crisis services cope? Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Bedser backs plain packaging for cigarettes (LGA Labour News) Birmingham’s Public Health Lead Steve Bedser urges the government to press ahead with plain packaging for cigarettes.

Birmingham City Council targets major sporting events (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is targeting big events like the Rugby World Cup and international art exhibitions in a bid to transform the city's profile.

Push to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 100 days in battle against jobless (BBC, Birmingham Mail) The local authority has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to create a fund offering grants of up to £3,000 to businesses for every 16-24 year old they take on and train.

Wheelie bin debate (BBC WM) Sandwell resident talked about the success of wheelie bins. WM then spoke to opponent of the plans.

Call Centre is a ringing success again (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s official call centre has been handed a customer service award for the third year running.

Site offers commuters a clearer tunnel vision (Birmingham Mail) Anxious motorists dreading the summer closure of Birmingham’s city centre tunnels are being urged to use a new website to help them make alternative plans.

Online survey to beat sharks (Birmingham Mail) Brummies are being urged to take part in an online survey aimed at tackling loan sharks.

Regional Headlines

Redundant Hovis workers leave bakery
Hundreds of Hovis workers work their last shift at a factory in Birmingham on Wednesday ahead of its full closure next month.

Tackling genital mutilation ‘taboo’
Professionals who have been quietly tackling female genital mutilation for decades hope education can end the practice.

National Headlines

Lloyds’ Co-op branch sale collapses
The planned sale of 632 UK bank branches by Lloyds Banking Group to the Co-op group collapses.

Barclays first quarter profits fall 25%
Barclays adjusted first quarter profits fell 25% to £1.8bn, largely due to the bank’s restructuring programme.

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