Media Watch – December 8

By on 08/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City councils can borrow for major projects, promises Clegg (Telegraph, Guardian, Birmingham Post) Councils will be able to go into debt to pay for tram networks and shopping centres by borrowing against future tax revenues, Nick Clegg will announce today. Eight cities – including Birmingham – will also be given greater control over the money they receive from central government.

Heads slam ‘preposterous’ plan to give support staff nursing role (Birmingham Post) Head teachers have described plans to ask teaching assistants to take over the work of NHS-trained nurses in providing medical assistance for seriously ill children at four Birmingham special schools as ‘life threatening’  in a ‘life threatening’.

‘Elect a mayor and win more powers’ pledge (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has been offered control over rail and bus services, job centres and further education – if the city elects a mayor.

Small firms will suffer if Wholesale Markets go (Birmingham Post) Thousands of small and medium-size Midland traders could suffer a crippling 40 per cent increase in their overheads if Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets are forced to close, according to claims in a new research document.

BBC bosses ‘letting Birmingham down’ (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) City Council leader Mike Whitby has slammed the BBC for its ‘appalling’ treatment of Birmingham following the corporation’s decision to axe 150 jobs at its Mailbox headquarters.

MPs and council demand BBC keeps city at ‘heart of UK broadcasting’ (Birmingham Post) BBC director general Mark Thompson has been urged to come to Birmingham and meet civic leaders face to face to explain plans to dramatically cut the broadcaster’s presence in the city.

City libraries will be spared the axe (Birmingham Post) All of Birmingham’s 39 community libraries will remain open despite harsh Government spending cuts, the city’s leisure chief has vowed. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

OAPs given free train travel vow (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s public transport chief has poured cold water on suggestions that pensioners might have to pay for rail and tram passes which are currently free. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Number of letters in the Birmingham Post dismissing complaints that the Frankfurt Christmas Market is too large this year.

College ‘is a Brum jewel’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward visited the city’s only college specifically for students with disabilities (Queen Alexandra College in Harborne).

Regional Headlines

Awards mark bravery during riots
A shopkeeper and a student are among 145 people being given special awards for their actions during the summer riots.

Job cuts at regional newspapers
The publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star newspapers announces more job cuts across its titles.

National Headlines

Inquiry into ‘unfair exam advice’
The education secretary orders an investigation into claims that examiners gave teachers advice on what questions to expect.

Schools shut as severe winds hit
Schools in many parts of Scotland are closed as severe winds start to cause disruption in parts of the country.

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