Media Watch – Feb 1

By on 01/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tough powers will help gangbusters (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Gang-busters in Birmingham want to pioneer new injunctions to stop children falling into crime and break the cycle of gang violence that has blighted inner-city communities.

Help us shape the city you want (Birmingham Mail) Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, on the importance of the Core Strategy.

Transport strategy is the key to economic regeneration (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet Member for Transport and regeneration, Cllr Tim Huxtable, looks at the Big City Plan.

Party politics claim over bureau axe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau chief has been accused of playing party politics with the service and trying to bully the council into giving them more money.

£11.5m boost for schools (Birmingham Mail) New classrooms costing £11.5 million will be built at eight Birmingham primary schools to cope with the city’s population boom.

Low-carbon strategy tackles climate change (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham needs to expand its housing stock and increase its employment opportunities, to meet the needs of an expanding population, but the desire for growth must always be balanced against the need to protect the environment. The city council’s ambitious Declaration on Climate Change has already made it a major force in driving forward Birmingham’s sustainability agenda.

The friends who nudged each other to greatness (Daily Telegraph) Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s ‘magnificent new show’ The Poetry of Drawing. Exhibition also reviewed in the FT.

QRky entrepreneurs receive help from Birmingham City Council (midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk) Established in June 2010, Birmingham based QRky has positioned itself at the forefront of innovative technology. The company is funded by Birmingham City Council’s Entrepreneurs for the Future scheme.

The e-Government National Awards 2010 winners announced (IT-Director, IT-Analysis) Birmingham City Council’s Customer First Transformation Programme wins e-Government excellence award for innovation in strategy at a local level.

Regional Headlines

Woman died after Good Hope Hospital insulin overdose
A double dose of insulin given to a grandmother in hospital contributed to her death, an inquest has heard.

West Midlands Police seize eight suspected pit bulls
Police in Birmingham have seized eight dogs which they believe to be pit bull terriers from a house in Handsworth Wood.

Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint in Walsall
A taxi driver was threatened at gunpoint and had his car stolen, West Midlands Police have said.

National Headlines

Street-level crime maps launched online
New online crime maps for England and Wales have been launched, allowing users to see which offences have been reported in their local streets.

David Cameron defends plans to overhaul NHS in England
David Cameron has strongly defended the coalition’s plans for a major overhaul of the NHS in England, as MPs prepare to hold their first debate on the bill.

Debt advisors stop taking cases as funding ends
Hundreds of debt advisers have stopped taking on new cases because their funding is to be axed next month.

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