Media Watch – Dec 16

By on 16/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham Core Strategy supplement in the Birmingham Post.

Councils told not to cut services (Birmingham Post) Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has praised Birmingham City Council for preparing for dramatic cuts in Government spending – and accused unions of exaggerating planned job cuts.

City ‘plotting to privatise’ bin collcections (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Conservatie and Liberal Democrat leaders of Birmingham City Council have been accused of secretly plotting to privatise the refuse collection service.

Charles set to unveil a king (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Prince Charles is set to come face to face with one of his ancestors when he officially unveils the restored statue of King Edward VII in Birmingham next week.

Birmingham finally shuts little-known London base (Birmingham Post) Set up in 2005 with the intention of providing a swich meeting place where the city council and private sector partners could woo contacts, Birmingham’s HQ in the capital has closed its doors.

It could have been much worse (Birmingham Post) Arts critic Terry Grimley insists the news on Birmingham City Council arts funding grants could have been much worse.

Funding cuts may close Ikon Eastside gallery (Birmingham Post) A pioneering Birmingham art gallery is facing closure as it becomes one of the first casualties of city council funding cuts.

Outburst at police chief over ‘woeful’ detection targets (Birmingham Post) A Tory councillor (Cllr Matt Bennett) has launched a scathing attack on West Midlands Police’s ‘disturbing’ detection rates for crimes.

Job offer to save 12 Brum ASBO workers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s housing boss (Cllr John Lines) has stepped in to stop the city’s Anti-Social Behaviour Unit being completely disbanded with an offer of jobs to some of the experienced officials under threat of redundancy.

New guidelines for lap dance clubs in the city (Birmingham Mail) A compromise deal on setting limits for lap dancing and strip clubs in Birmingham has been struck – but city licensing chiefs are still unsure what any limit should be.

Thousands have signed up to BE Active scheme (BBC WM, BRMB) Interview with Roselyn Mighty who lost nine stone thanks to free gym and swim scheme Be Active.

Regional Headlines

Nine charged over Birmingham derby disorder
Nine people have been charged with violent disorder following a football derby in Birmingham.

Four accused of conspiracy to murder restaurant owner
Four men from the West Midlands have been charged with conspiracy to murder after a Staffordshire restaurant owner was shot in the leg.

Wedding row man jailed for murder of ex-fiance’s mother
A man who stabbed his prospective mother-in-law more than 60 times after her daughter called off their wedding has been jailed for life.

National Headlines

Decriminalise all drugs, says ex-minister Bob Ainsworth
A former minister with responsibility for drugs policy has called for the decriminalisation of all drugs.

English, Welsh and N Irish ‘face Scots degree fee rise’
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who go to university in Scotland could face annual fees of up to £6,000, the BBC has learned.

Prosecutor ‘care’ urged over retracted rape claims
New guidance for prosecutors says they should treat “very carefully” cases of people retracting rape allegations.

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