Media Watch – December 19

By on 19/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

A sneak peek at homes for our heroes (Birmingham Mail) This is the first glimpse of new £2 million homes for heroes which are being built in Birmingham. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Light shed on art gallery (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Parts of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that were boarded up and had not seen daylight for years have finally been unveiled as part of a £9 million history project)

New hope for city transport museum (Birmingham Mail) Aston Manor Transport Museum could be set to move to new premises in Aldridge.

Don’t be caught in a scam (Birmingham Mail) Jacqui Kennedy offers advice on how to avoid being ripped off by scams.

Birmingham wins £92m HRA debt cut (Inside Housing) When the Communities and Local Government department issued its latest indicative settlements as part of the review of the housing revenue account system, Birmingham was one of the clear winners. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Scandal of how councils are squandering £37,000 a day on interpreters (Daily Express) Councils are spending more than £1.1 million a month helping residents who do not speak English. Birmingham City Council is one of several local authorities referenced.

Councils hit drivers for £1.3bn in parking fees (Daily Mail) Drivers paid out more than £1.3 billion to councils in parking charges last year. Birmingham City Council is one of several local authorities referenced.

Christmas markets this weekend (The Times) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in list of top festive markets.

Future is uncertain for Pype Hayes Hall (Birmingham Mail) The future of a historic Birmingham building remains uncertain after it failed to sell at auction for the second time.

Birmingham unveils EZ target sites (Estates Gazette) Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP have unveiled the 26 sites that will make up the city’s enterprise zone.

Why you have to pay for union bosses’ jolly days off (Sunday Express) A dossier exposing the scale of state-funded activism has been sent to Downing Street amid growing calls for sweeping reform of a system which allows employees to carry out union duties during office hours. Birmingham City Council is one of several local authorities referenced.

Regional Headlines

Riot operation ‘flawed’ say MPs
The operation to police this summer’s riots in towns and cities across England was flawed, a report by the Home Affairs Committee says.

Jingle bells to deter pickpockets
Solihull Police is handing out free jingle bells to shoppers in a bid to stop pickpockets over the Christmas period.

Park project gets £981,000 grant
Old mine workings under a Victorian park in the West Midlands will be stabilised using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

National Headlines

Stricter mortgage rules outlined
New rules to stop the resurgence of risky mortgage lending are likely to be imposed in 2013 by the financial regulator.

Riot operation ‘flawed’ say MPs
The operation to police this summer’s riots in towns and cities across England was flawed, a report by the Home Affairs Committee says.

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