Media watch – August 30

By on 30/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

City to lobby PM on transport and jobs (Birmingham Post) Transport and jobs will be on the agenda when Sir Albert Bore leads a cross-party delegation to meet the prime minister next week

Council tax benefit cuts will see £300 rise for poor (Birmingham Post) Some of Birmingham’s poorest families are now facing an extra £300 a year council tax bill following Government benefit cuts. Sir Albert Bore quoted saying the city cannot afford the Government-imposed change

Grand design could put city on a par with the greats – McCloud (Birmingham Post) TV’s most high profile property expert has said Birmingham could catch up with more celebrated European cities if ambitious plans to transform Paradise Circus are pulled off

Councillors’ allowances top pay table (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has the highest-paid councilors of any major city. A council spokesman said Birmingham councillors have had their allowances frozen for three years and pointed out that the city’s electoral wards are the largest in the UK

Unpopular ‘tombstone’ tower dead and buried (Birmingham Post) Unpopular plans for a tower rising above the central fire station have been scrapped and replaced by a smaller design

Regional Headlines:

FirstGroup boss: we’ll deliver what we pledge on West Coast (Birmingham Post) FirstGroup’s rail boss has pledged to deliver a much better service than Virgin

Midland paralympians go for gold at Games (Birmingham Post) West Midland athletes are making final preparations as they go for glory at the Paralympic Games

HMP Featherstone recategorised (BBC online) The Midland prison will now be able to hold low-risk offenders allowed into the community on temporary licences

Campus plan set for go-ahead (Birmingham Post) The £175m redevelopment of the University of Birmingham looks set to be approved

National Headlines:

Paralympics ‘return home’ to UK

New chief executive at Barclays

University’s visa licence revoked

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