Media Watch – Dec 10 (PM)

By on 10/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Cutback fears for city youth service (Birmingham Mail, Page 2) Councillors are set to discuss various budget-saving proposals, including plans to replace a full-time, fully qualified Birmingham youth worker with two low-paid students on trainee placements.

School top honour is good result (Birmingham Mail, Page 12) Shirestone Community Primary School in Tile Cross has been recognised for its work with pupils by achieving the Every Child Matters Quality Mark.

Illegal signs taken down (Birmingham Mail, Page 17) Council engineers have removed 106 unauthorised signs from lampposts in Sutton Coldfield.  Cllr Anne Underwood quoted.

Blue badge crackdown (Birmingham Mail, Page 35) Through its “Respect the Badge” campaign, Council chiefs aim to put the brakes on disabled badge fraudsters who are taking thousands of pounds from the city's coffers.

Watchdog questions Council's ability to cut costs (birminghammail.net) The Audit Commission has challenged an upbeat report on Birmingham City Council's ambitious business transformation project, claiming that it is not clear that all of the promised £900 million in savings will be achieved.

Royal visit to Central Library (birminghammail.net) The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the Centre for the Child today at Birmingham Central Library, where she was shown the range of services on offer and met staff and library users taking part in a “Shake, Rattle and Rhyme” session for parents and toddlers.

Regional Headlines:

Huge tailbacks built up around Spaghetti Junction today after a crash at around 7am between a motorbike and two cars.  Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Controversial plans for a new state-of-the-art cancer hospice to be built in greenbelt land in Solihull have been approved.

West Midlands police said that a 40-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, following the death yesterday of 63-year-old cyclist John Ariss, who became trapped beneath a bus.

Birmingham airport bosses have slammed recommendations made by global warming experts which could see bases around London expanded at the expense of other areas in the country.

Over 10,000 young fish have been released into the River Tame by the Environment Agency as part of a programme to restock it, having previously been badly damaged by pollution.

National Headlines:

Chancellor Alistair Darling has hit back at claims by Conservatives that his decision to increase some benefits in his pre-Budget report was a “pre-election con.”

A British Muslim has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of conspiring to murder civilians in a “deadly terrorist attack.”

The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at the record low of 0.5% in a move that was widely expected.

The number of mortgages granted to house buyers hit a 22-month high in October, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

The mayor of Wootton Bassett has said he is worried that the town will become politicised by tonight's edition of BBC's “Question Time” being filmed there.

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