Media Watch – December 23

By on 23/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Record visitor numbers for Frankfurt Christmas Market (BBC WM) Early indications that the market has enjoyed record visitor numbers this year.

Richard Bacon’s Radio 5Live show broadcasted live from the Frankfurt Christmas Market  yesterday afternoon. Very positive coverage. Listen again

The price of being equal (Daily Telegraph) Details of what England’s biggest councils by population spent on equality over the past financial year have been revealed. Birmingham City Council referenced.

Inspiring tale behind faces of new library (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The latest faces chosen to represent the Library of Birmingham have been revealed.

Women’s refuge centre rejected (Birmingham Mail) A derelict pub (the former Racecourse Pub on the Bromford Estate) cannot be converted into a refuge for battered wives due to fears over flooding, city planners have ruled.

Payouts to help shift workers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council bosses and trades unions have struck a deal to compensate workers losing shift allowances under an overhaul of staff contracts.

Gifts bring a smile to children staying in hostels (Birmingham Mail) Children staying in council-run hostels over the festive holiday were cheered up with gifts donated by generous Birmingham workers. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Rap over city audit (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Gas firm grilled by Birmingham City Council housing watchdog (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council’s housing watchdog committee has demanded a gas central heating repair contractor appear before it this week to answer questions over poor performance.

Regional Headlines

Charity expects busiest Christmas
Birmingham Christmas Shelter predicts it will be busier than ever over the festive period.

Men jailed for murder conspiracy
Five men from Birmingham convicted of conspiracy to murder after the shooting of a man in Staffordshire are jailed.

National Headlines

‘Excessive’ card surcharges to go
Surcharges for using a debit or credit card to pay for travel, theatre or cinema tickets will be banned by the end of 2012, the government plans.

Police chiefs in misconduct probe
Four senior police officers – including the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire and his deputy – are being investigated over allegations of misconduct.

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