Media Watch – December 22

By on 22/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cash blow for council as billboards ‘blot’ rejected (Birmingham Post) An advertising company which entered into a multi-million pound contract with Birmingham City Council has suffered a setback after being refused planning permission.

Da Vinci drawings to go on show in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Ten rarely seen drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will go on display in Birmingham next year.

Care home bosses angry after fees review report (Birmingham Post) Care home bosses in Birmingham have reacted with anger after an independent review concluded city council fees should be frozen.

Fresh appeal for new foster parents (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A new appeal has been launched to appoint 900 new foster parents over the next year to look after some of the Midlands’ most vulnerable children.

Suspended workers cost councils £8m a year in Midlands (Birmingham Post) Local authorities across the Midlands have paid more than £8 million in salaries over two years to staff who were suspended.

Auditor criticises council accounts (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has been criticised by the district auditor for its poor accounting and inadequate reporting of financial arrangements. But the auditor, Mark Stocks, has still concluded that the local authority manages its finances well and continues to provide value for money.

Plans to help culture survive and thrive (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Arts Council England letter dismissing last week’s Birmingham Post and Mail story claiming culture in Birmingham is in crisis.

No cycling in the cycle lane? (Birmingham Mail) Confusing ‘no cycling’ signs have been erected by the city council along a Birmingham section of the National Cycle Network. The signs were erected at the request of local residents.

Cabbies facing ban for street pick-ups (Birmingham Mail) Minicab drivers caught plying for hire on Birmingham streets face losing their license for a first offence following a meeting of city licensing chiefs.

Regional Headlines

Decision on protest camp delayed
A decision is delayed on whether to order a protest camp in Meriden, near an unauthorised Gypsy site, to be removed.

£2m for community sports projects
The Olympic legacy fund gives nearly £2m of funding to community sports projects in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

New overhaul of adoption checks 
The government is to overhaul the way people in England are checked to see if they are suitable to adopt children, as part of plans to speed up the process.

Lufthansa sells BMI to BA owner
British Airways owner IAG agrees a binding deal to buy BMI from Lufthansa for £172.5m, but warns the deal could lead to job losses.

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