Media Watch – December 16

By on 16/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

PM: We’ll help 4,500 troubled Brum families (Birmingham Mail) A total of 4,500 Birmingham families will be targeted in the Prime Minister’s pledge to ‘turn around the lives’ of Britain’s most troubled families. Cllr Ayoub Khan quoted.

Chance to tour new swimming pool (Birmingham Mail) Visitors can have a sneak preview of Birmingham’s new swimming pool (Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre) before it opens next month.

Birmingham and West Midlands gritter updates (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has teamed up with local authorities across the region to provide a liveblog to tell the public when and where gritters will be out.

Arts in crisis as funding axed (Birmingham Mail) Misleading article that reports the decision to safeguard arts grants at 2011/12 levels for the next two years. Funding has not been axed.

Festive cheer in ‘Sardine Street’ (BIrmingham Mail) Feature article looking at the ongoing success of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Bringing home an award (Construction Industry News) Birmingham City Council has won the overall prize at the UK Housing Awards for its Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust scheme.

Office and hotel scheme set for city centre eyesore (Birmingham Mail) An eyesore site in Birmingham city centre is to be transformed in a multi-million pound offices and hotel scheme. Council bosses are close to concluding a deal to redevelop two acres of Great Charles Street, currently used as a car park.

Regional Headlines

Two in court over baby’s murder
A mother and her former partner appear in court charged with the murder of her two-year-old son.

Donations save animal sanctuary
An animal sanctuary in the West Midlands is saved by £15,000 in donations from the public.

National Headlines

Hospital dementia care ‘lacking’
Hospitals in England and Wales are falling short in the care given to dementia patients, a review says.

Labour wins Feltham by-election
Labour holds the Feltham and Heston seat in a by-election, with an eight per cent swing from the Conservatives.

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