Media Watch – Dec 17

By on 17/12/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham co-ordinating Core Cities response to cuts in local government funding (BBC R4) Feature looking at Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation, including interview with Sir Albert Bore and reference to talks with six other cities about lobbying Government ahead of the financial settlement.

Schools with 19 takeaways on doorstep (Birmingham Mail) Head teachers will get powers to block takeaways after it emerged some city schools are surrounded by as many as 19 fast food sellers.

Wheelie bins rollout will be challenged (Birmingham Mail) Three keynote council cabinet decisions, including one to introduce wheelie bins, have been officially challenged by opposition councillors.

Sir Albert Bore appeared on BBC WM’s Chatback programme to discuss Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation.

Don’t fake it this Christmas (Sunday Mirror) Feature looking at Birmingham City Council’s efforts to combat counterfeit goods this Christmas.

Birmingham says yes to £450m city Paradise (Estates Gazette) Paradise Circus, the ambitious 1.8m sq ft mixed-use regeneration project in Birmingham city centre, looks set to get the go ahead next week.

We’re taken for a £1.3bn park and ride (The Sun) Motorists were stung for a record £1.3 billion in parking charges by town halls last year. Birmingham City Council ninth on the national list.

No celebrating our Sabbath day (Birmingham Mail) Plans for an official Black Sabbath Day to honour the Birmingham heavy metal legends’ contribution to rock have been shelved – and possibly scrapped altogether.

Pickles slams tax plans set to hit poor (Birmingham Mail) Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has condemned proposals to make Birmingham’s poorest residents pay a share of council tax as ‘disgusting’

Alert over bogus charity collectors (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards chiefs are warning Christmas shoppers after five alleged bogus charity collectors were found by officers.

Council counts cost of I.T. deal (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council bosses made a costly mistake when they handed the authority’s technical expertise to its IT and call centre contractor Capita, an inquiry has heard.

20 plan for Birmingham (Parking Review) Birmingham City Council has discussed a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on residential roads in the city.

Janet Brisland tribute (The Bookseller) Tribute to Janet Brisland, development manager for children’s services at the Library of Birmingham, who died last month after a short illness.

BMAG’s Love and Death: Victorian painting from Tate exhibition listed in The Independent.

Regional Headlines

CSIs to attend fewer crime scenes
Forensic police officers in the West Midlands are expected to attend fewer crime scenes in a bid to cut costs.

Officer arrested over ‘pleb’ leak
A police officer is arrested on suspicion of leaking information about the confrontation between Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell and officers at Downing Street.

National Headlines

Funeral due for royal hoax nurse
The funeral of a nurse who apparently killed herself following a royal hoax call in London is due to take place in her Indian hometown.

Same-sex marriage: ‘No mandate’, say MPs
Almost 60 MPs and peers have signed an open letter opposing government plans to legislate same-sex marriages.

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