Media Watch – Dec 14

By on 14/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Achtung baby! I’m a market mummy (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s famous German Christmas Market is celebrating another major milestone with the arrival of its first newborn baby.

Sub-standard children’s social services ‘threaten’ Birmingham’s reputation (Birmingham Post.net) Sub-standard social services for children are threatening to damage Birmingham’#s reputation, city council leader Mike Whitby has admitted.

Mayor plan ‘a city boost’ (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A directly elected mayor for Birmingham will give the city the same international status as Chicago or Barcelona, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has insisted.

Birmingham City Council funding for arts organisations in 2011-12. (BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed about funding grants agreed by Cabinet yesterday. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14812

Primary school SATs results (Birmingham Mail)

Council in u-turn on ‘wasteful’ solar jobs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Council bosses have been forced into a climbdown over ‘wasteful’ plans to create five new management jobs to run a solar panel scheme.

Birmingham City Council told to find cuts of £170m over two years (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham faces budget cuts of almost £170 million over two years after Treasury funding for the city council was slashed.

Pope’s gift included in city Nativity exhibition (Catholic Times) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Nativity Trail, the traditional story of Christmas as depicted by artists over 500 years, was warmly commended during the official launch by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Squeeze on council services creates national divide (Times) People living in the North, the Midlands and inner cities face the biggest squeeze in council services with cash reductions of nearly 20 per cent over the next two years, it emerged yesterday.

UK among Europe’s unhealthiest nations, report suggests
The UK is one of the unhealthiest nations in Europe when it comes to certain factors, data suggests. And the West Midlands has the highest percentage of obese adults at 29% – nearly double the EU average of 14% and much higher than the 19% rate seen in Greater London.

BT call centre ‘to create 450 jobs’ in West Bromwich
More than 400 jobs are to be created in the Black Country with the opening of a new BT call centre.

National Headlines

NHS and social services tested to the limit, say MPs
Government spending plans will test the NHS and social services in England to the limit, according to a report by the Commons Health Select Committee.

Wikileaks cables: US worry over UK homegrown extremism
US concerns that the UK was struggling to cope with homegrown extremism have been revealed in new Wikileaks cables.

House of Lords to debate student fee increases
Controversial government plans to raise university tuition fees in England to as much as £9,000 a year are to be debated by peers.

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