Media Watch – August 28

By on 28/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Energy firm creates 1,000 jobs to take on 'big six' (Birmingham Post) An energy form backed by a German firm is creating 1,000 jobs in Birmingham as part of plans to revolutionise the gas and electricity sector. Sir Albert Bore quoted saying this vindicates a strategy of targeting growth sectors

City baccalaureate saved as companies stump up the cash (Birmingham Post) A flagship Birmingham education policy which was under threat with weeks to go to the start of school term, has been saved by a trio of city firms

Councils using online auctions to find carers for elderly people (The Guardian) Councils are putting care packages out to tender via online auctions. Birmingham City Council said it has reduced its spending on care by almost a fifth by using this system

New bike-hire scheme launched at city station (Birmingham Post and BBC online) A new scheme has been launched to allow travellers to the city centre to hire fold-away bikes. Councillor Lisa Trickett quoted

Millions visit Birmingham's library (BBC online) More than 2.7m people visited the Library of Birmingham in its first year, managers say

Top writers booked for celebration of literature (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Literature Festival is set to return with a 10-day takeover of the Library of Birmingham

Regional Headlines:

Police boss: I want to turn speed cameras back on - The region's new police boss has vowed to try and find the cash to switch the regions fixed speed cameras back on

Health boss claimed £30,000 expenses – The £232,000-a-year chief executive of two health trusts claimed up to £30,000 in expenses over the past year, it emerges

National Headlines:

Wright quits Labour but not PCC role – Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse in Rotherham

Ukraine rebels advance in south – Pro-Russian rebels open a new front in south-east Ukraine and reportedly advance on the port of Mariupol, as Russia is accused of direct involvement

PM: UK 'supports million Scots jobs' – The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is “an economy of opportunity” which supports one million Scottish jobs

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