Media Watch – Dec 10

By on 10/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham budget consultation launched (Extensive local and national coverage) A package of budget cuts worth £87million and anticipated job losses of more than 1,000 have been announced as part of the council's plan to deal with central government funding reductions and growing pressure on resources, which will total £120million in the 2014/15 financial year.

Return of Scrooge! (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Weoley Castle have expressed disappointment that their suburb will have no Christmas tree this year after local councillors decided to spend their Community Chest funding on youth projects instead.

How the Germans have brightened up our Christmas (Daily Telegraph) Feature looking at the growing German influence on Britain's Christmas festivities. Reference made to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, and the increased footfall registered in the first two weeks of the 2013 market.

Canal towpaths set for upgrade work (BBC WM) A plan to improve 19 miles of towpaths in Birmingham have been announced by the council. The £6.3million plan forms part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project, which attracted £17million of government funding earlier this year.

Regional Headlines

Five of the city's ten MPs have pledged to give to charity any pay increase imposed upon them as a result of recommendations from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

A police investigation has been launched following allegations that Middlesbrough FC fans engaged in racial discrimination during their team's match against Birmingham City at St Andrew's last weekend.

National Headlines

Thousands of people are gathering at a stadium in Johannesburg for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. US President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the service, as will four of Mr Mandela’s grandchildren.

Millions of pounds donated to Comic Relief have been invested in shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms, BBC Panorama has learned.

The drug ketamine should be upgraded from a Class C drug to Class B, government advisers are to recommend. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is set to make the recommendation after new evidence revealed the damage ketamine can have on the bladder.

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