Media Watch – April 7

By on 07/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Staffordshire Hoard conservation tour sells out (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online, Express and Star) The first tour offering a behind the scenes look at conservation work on the Staffordshire Hoard has sold out.

Council facing new legal challenge over care cuts (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is facing a second major legal challenge to its budget, this time by the relatives of a woman with learning disabilities who are challenging a decision to cut £53 million from adult social services.

Birmingham faces 750 job losses (Children and Young People Now) Cuts of £68m to Birmingham’s children’s services have been rubber-stamped in a move that will mean the loss of 750 jobs.

John Lewis boss picked to run AWM’s successor (Birmingham Post) The charismatic boss of employee-owned retailer John Lewis (Andy Street) has been revealed as chairman of the new body set up to boost the economy of Birmingham and Solihull. Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has welcomed the appointment.

Picture gallery of Staffordshire Hoard conservation work (BBC Online)

£10m equity fund gives lift to regional stock exchange (Birmingham Post) A new £10m equity fund set up by Birmingham City Council could breathe new life into the newly-sold regional stock exchange Investbx.

Communities boss in second job (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s strategic director of adults and communities Peter Hay will still be fully in charge of his department when he becomes president of a national social services professional association later this year, city council bosses have insisted.

Carers win right to sue city on pay (Birmingham Post) A group of 14 former home carers has won a ‘landmark judgement’ allowing them to sue Birmingham City Council over claims of unfair pay.

£1m push to turn the city of the car into the city of the bike (Birmingham Post) Dutch-style cycling hubs are set to be created in Birmingham city centre to encourage more people to ride bikes to work.Council chiefs have published a new cycling strategy which sets out plans that would make Birmingham one of the most bike-friendly cities in the UK.

£1.3bn bid to fight fuel poverty (Birmingham Post) More than 200,000 homes in Birmingham could benefit from a groundbreaking £1.3 billion green energy scheme.

Careers workers stage a walkout in cuts row (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of staff at a Birmingham youth service staged a city centre rally over planned cuts and redundancies.

The 50ft lane to nowhere (Birmingham Mail) A cycling lane running along a stretch of Linden Rd in Bournville has been labelled ‘pathetic’ by cycling groups. The lane was introduced because there is a kink in the road and it protects cyclists from getting cut up towards the junction.

Birmingham Connexions staff on strike (BBC Online) Members of the union Unison who work for a council-run youth careers advisory service are on strike.

Regional Headlines

Man convicted of taxi driver Mohammed Arshad’s murder
A man convicted of the murder of a taxi driver who was stabbed in the head in a country lane has been jailed for life.

HS2: Charities urge high-speed rail rethink
Environmental charities have formed an alliance calling on the government to reconsider its approach to a London-to-Birmingham high-speed rail line.

National Headlines

Mau Mau compensation case to begin
Four Kenyans who allege they were tortured during the suppression of the Mau Mau uprising are starting legal proceedings against the UK government.

Darwen Vale teachers protesting over pupil violence
Up to 80 teachers are due to protest over violence, threats and “poor management” at a Lancashire school.

Money woes ‘linked to rise in depression’
Economic problems may be fuelling a rise in depression in England, it has been suggested.

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