Media Watch – April 28

By on 28/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Harborne Primary School roof catches fire in Birmingham (BBC, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BRMB) More than 60 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a Birmingham primary school. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/04/harborne-primary-school-fire/

Birmingham binmen threaten new strike over pay dispute (Birmingham Post, BBC WM, BRMB) Binmen in Birmingham could resume strike action after their union accused councillors of failing to honour an agreement which ended a long-running pay dispute. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/04/statement-in-response-to-unite-press-release/

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s The Poetry of Drawing exhibition featured in the Independent’s cultural highlights you have to see.

Labour’s Bore adds support for enterprise zone in city (Birmingham Post) A planned ‘enterprise zone’ in Birmingham city centre has received cross-party support after Labour backed the scheme.

Call to review cuts as council blocked from targeting care (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is under growing pressure to stop targeting spending cuts on front-line social care and voluntary groups after being heavily criticised in two High Court decisions.

Council cuts salaries then lends staff thousands (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is offering loans of up to £20,000 to staff who have been hit by the abolition of overtime and special shift payments.

Emergency plan to solve places crisis (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s severe school places crisis has forced the city council into the compulsory purchase of a city snooker club.

Middle-earth in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Tolkien fans can celebrate a Middle-earth festival at Sarehole Mill next month.

Gardens threatened as council funding dries up (Birmingham Post) With dwindling numbers of volunteers and funding from Birmingham City Council cut, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens could face closure.

The LEP board which lacks a female touch (Birmingham Post) The lack of women on the board of the local enterprise partnership has caused controversy.

Jeter jets in for Grand day in Brum (Birmingham Post) Carmelita Jeter, the second fastest woman in history, will compete at both the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix and the Aviva London Grand Prix in a double-diamond swoop on the UK this summer.

School head taped admitting Ofsted inspection cover-up (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A head teacher investigated over allegations she removed unruly pupils before an Ofsted inspection has been secretly recorded admitting she successfully covered up attendance figures during a follow up visit.

Regional Headlines

Men charged over deaths of Wolverhampton couple
Three men have been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of an elderly couple in Wolverhampton.

Police reassurance over Wolverhampton shootings
 Armed police patrols have been out on the streets of Wolverhampton during the last month following a series of high-profile murders and shootings.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the Royal Wedding preparations.

Aircraft carriers cost rises by at least £1bn
The firms building the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers say the cost has risen by at least £1bn and possibly almost £2bn, the BBC has learned.

Energy bills: 30-day notice for price rises
Consumers must now be told about energy price rises 30 days in advance, rather than being notified up to two months after the event.

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