Media Watch – Feb 11

By on 11/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council tax held (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham householders have been handed a much-needed financial boost with news that council tax is set to be frozen.

Village green bid to save football pitches (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners battling to protect Sutton Coldfield sports fields from development have lodged a village green application with the city council.

Bin talks collapse (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham could be set for another round of strike action by binmen after they overwhelmingly rejected the latest offer from the city council.

60% of poorest children fail to reach good level of behaviour, says study (Guardian) Birmingham City Council praised in a report by Sir Michael Marmot for successfully raising the number of five-year-olds attaining a good level of behaviour and understanding from 38 per cent to 55 per cent in five years.

Tesco bid rejected (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham People power triumphed when city planners turned down a huge new Tesco store amid fears that part of the city would be reduced to gridlock.

Future’s bleak for OAP centre (Birmingham Mail) Another Birmingham day centre for the elderly has been left fearing for its future because of council cutbacks.

Hope for under-threat Citizens Advice Bureaux (Birmingham Mail) Five closure-threatened Citizens Advice Bureaux could be saved at a crunch meeting, according to a Birmingham MP.

Deputy Leader in cuts protest (BBC, ITV Central, BBC R5 Live, Channel 4 News, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham, Daily Mail) Birmingham Council’s Deputy Leader has spoken of his frustration and exasperation at the ‘draconian’ budget cuts forced on the city by the coalition Government.

Capita extends contract to service Birmingham (The Municipal Journal) Support services group Capita has secured a five-year extension to its partnership with Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Wednesbury centre partly closed off due to ‘device’
Part of a West Midlands town centre has been cordoned off after an old military device was reportedly found in the back of a van.

Good Hope Hospital bomb hoax – man charged
A 43-year-old man has been charged in connection with a bomb hoax at a Birmingham hospital.

National Headlines

Child worker checks to be reduced, say ministers
Millions of people in England and Wales who work or volunteer with children and vulnerable adults will no longer need criminal record checks, ministers say.

Investigations into the Cork airport crash under way
Investigations are under way into the crash that killed six people at Cork Airport on Thursday morning.

Watchdog warns of MPs’ expenses ‘tragedy’
The new MPs’ expenses system risks creating a “tragedy” by excluding poorer people from political life, a watchdog has warned.

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