Media Watch – Feb 12

By on 12/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

War of words over library crisis (Birmingham Post) Local government secretary Eric Pickles, Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart, Lord Whitby and Council Leader Sir Albert Bore all comment on the reasons and issues behind the council’s plan to reduce opening hours at the Library of Birmingham.

Library archives service reprieved after campaign (Birmingham Post) Paul Hill, one of the photographers who campaigned to protect the Library of Birmingham’s archives service, has hailed a decision to ease the proposed cuts as “good newsâ€. Cllr Penny Holbrook also quoted.

Mail campaign to save lollipop wardens hailed (Birmingham Mail) Northfield MP Richard Burden has paid tribute to all concerned in the process that has seen the council not make planned cuts to the school crossing patrol service.

Council ‘is putting bad news off until after election’ (Birmingham Post) Conservative group leader Cllr Robert Alden has accused the council’s leadership of putting off difficult long-term decisions relating to the likes of school crossing patrols and community libraries.

War of the taxi apps to hit Birmingham streets (Birmingham Post, BBC WM and Birmingham Mail) Two services using mobile phone app technology are set to start offering taxi services in Birmingham. Uber will use a private hire operating model, while Get Taxi will use black cabs. BBC WM piece speculated that protests from existing drivers was likely – but the Birmingham Black Cab Drivers Association is quoted in the Post and Mail as saying there would be no protests, unlike in London.

Professional services firms ‘deserve more credit’ (Birmingham Post) Alex Bishop, chair of professional services body BPS Birmingham, says the latest Snow Hill Masterplan announcement must bring the sector the recognition it deserves.

‘Core cities’ demand modern Magna Carta for 21st Century (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of calls from the leaders of the nation’s ten core cities to be given more powers to take control of things such as bus services and train stations. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Bowled over by £2,900 signs (Birmingham Post, Daily Star and ITV.com) More coverage of the news that Erdington Court Bowls Club have been asked to cover all costs if they wish for new signs promoting their organisation to be put up in the local area.

Capita makes peace with ‘cash cow’ city council over contract (Birmingham Post) New Service Birmingham chief executive Tony Lubman appeared before a council scrutiny committee last week. Cllr Ian Ward also quoted as saying the partnership was being reset because after initial success it had become a contractual relationship.

‘Walk of Heroes’ to honour Great War VC winners (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) The city’s 10 Great War Victoria Cross recipients are to be honoured by the council later this year. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

£3million revamp for homeless centres (Birmingham Mail) Three homeless centres are set for a refurbishment if plans are approved by the council’s Cabinet next week. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Extra £2m jobs boost set for green light (Birmingham Mail) Proposals to enable employers to take on more young people through the Birmingham Jobs Fund are set to be approved by the council’s Cabinet.

Elderly found care homes by ‘eBay auction’ (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of allegations that the elderly are being treated like commodities on eBay. A council spokesperson quoted as saying the wellbeing of service users is of paramount importance, with 94 per cent of residential placements and 88 per cent of home support placements provided to the organisations scoring best when assessed on quality. Each bid using an online procurement system is judged on its merits with a scoring criteria weighted 60 per cent in favour of quality, 40 per cent on cost.

Welcome (everyone) to Brum (The National) Feature looking at Birmingham following comments made on Fox News recently. Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah quoted.

Regional Headlines

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have set a target of creating 300,000 new jobs across the East and West Midlands by 2020.

A leaked Conservative document is reported to confirm the party no longer regards Edgbaston as a key Parliamentary target.

Persimmon is set to acquire the entire former Selly Oak Hospital site to help bring to life a key housing scheme.

Aston Villa are starting the search for a new manager following the departure of Paul Lambert last night.

National Headlines

A Labour government will cap infant class sizes in state schools in England at 30, Ed Miliband is to announce.

Guidance is being issued about the use of hidden cameras to monitor the care of people in hospitals and care homes. The Care Quality Commission has produced a pamphlet that sets out what relatives in England need to consider.

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