Media Watch – Dec 13

By on 13/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham should be free from central government control, says council chief (Birmingham Post.net) Millions of pounds could be raised for local services and thousands of jobs could be created if Birmingham was free from central government control, the city’s chief executive has told MPs.

Residents stall Tesco new supermarket bid (Birmingham Mail) Supermarket giant Tesco must wait until next year to find out if plans for a new Birmingham store will be approved following a heated public debate. A planning committee meeting has been delayed until the new year.

£200,000 cost of grave safety tests (Birmingham Mail) Cash strapped Birmingham City Council has spent almost £200,000 since 2007 on controversial safety tests for grave headstones, it has emerged.

Twelve cities will get the chance to choose their own Boris (The Times, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Directly elected mayors are to be set up in 12 cities (including Birmingham) from 2012 with ‘Boris-like’ powers over planning, housing and transport, the coalition will announce today.

Printer project delivers savings (TradingMarkets.com) Printing power has been used to generate more than £1.5 million of savings, members of Birmingham City Council’s Procurement Committee will be told on December 14. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14771

Binmen face new plea over strike (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham business and council leaders have urged the city’s binmen not to walk out in the run up to Christmas.

Arts funding to be announced (BBC Midlands Today, The Voice) Speculative report about arts grants – to be discussed at Cabinet this afternoon.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham man dies in M5 crash in Gloucestershire
A man has died in a crash involving a coach, a lorry and two cars on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

Police officers suspended in fraud probe
An acting deputy chief constable and two other officers have been suspended over allegations of gross misconduct and fraud.

Black Country links’ to Chasetown murder
Police believe the people who murdered a father-of-two at his Staffordshire home may be from the Black Country.

National Headlines

Stockholm blasts: Police search house in Luton
A house in Luton is being searched as part of the investigation into Saturday’s bombing in Sweden, in which one man died, police have said.

CBI calls for retirement age change delay
Business leaders have urged the government to delay planned changes to the retirement age for a year.

Councils await funding cut as Localism Bill unveiled
Councils in England are to learn later how much the funding they receive from central government will be cut over the next two years.

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