Media Watch – December 6

By on 06/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City mayor vote date announced (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham will hold a referendum on whether to have an elected mayor on May 3 next year.

Have a say on school transport (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Families are being urged to have their say on the future of school transport in Birmingham.

Swedish tree present for city (Birmingham Mail) Swedish engineering company Sandvik has donated a Christmas tree to Birmingham as part of a 45-year-old tradition.

Golf boost (BBC WM) Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed about proposals for a new company to manage Birmingham’s municipal golf courses, investing £10 million in the first five years.

Market: 15,000 jobs at stake (Birmingham Mail) A new report into the economic importance of Birmingham’s wholesale markets has claimed the city’s restaurant trade would be devastated by their closure. A council spokesman said the authority was committed to the market’s future in the city.

Midlands to escape the big freeze (Birmingham Mail) The first blast of winter hit the West Midlands yesterday as temperatures plunged to near freezing – but the region looked set to escape the snow. Meanwhile highways bosses in a number of local authorities, including Birmingham, have joined forces to provide regional twitter alerts when the gritters treat the roads.

Council’s boost for eco homes (Birmingham Mail) A street of 28 new eco homes has been built in Morville Street, Ladywood. Cllr John Lines quoted.

The importance of oral history (BBC WM) BMAG curator Adam Jaffer explaining the importance of oral history.

Plan to block travellers’ site (Birmingham Mail) New security measures are being installed at a popular Birmingham park (Highfield Farm, Quinton) to prevent travellers illegally setting up camp at the site.

Equal pay champions’ high hopes fulfilled (The Lawyer) In a ruling likely to have profound implications for female public sector employees, the Court of Appeal has ruled that equal pay disputes can now be heard in the High Court.

Regional Headlines

Government job scheme ‘Orwellian’
A Birmingham graduate who says she was made to stack shelves or risk losing her benefits seeks a judicial review.

‘Wave of optimism’ in car sector
West Midlands suppliers create more than 1,500 jobs thanks to increase in car exports from the region.

National Headlines

2012 ‘risk of exceeding budget’Olympic stadium in London
The 2012 Olympic Games could overshoot its £9.3bn budget unless “rigorous action” is taken to curb costs, the Whitehall spending watchdog warns.

More care home firms ‘may fail’
The government should do more to monitor the finances of England’s care home companies if another crisis like Southern Cross is to be avoided, MPs say.

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