Media Watch – Feb 13

By on 13/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Coverage of yesterday’s budget briefing, including:

Capita contract slashed by £20m in further city cuts (Birmingham Post) Capita and Marketing Birmingham are among those in the line of fire in gthe latest swingeing cuts to hot the city.

Council confirm’s 1,000 jobs to go (BBC online, Birmingham Mail and Metro) A further 1,000 jobs will go next year at Birmingham City Council, the authority has confirmed. Sir Albert Bore also appeared on BBC WM and Midlands Today

Drivers take on council over £60 bus lane fines (Birmingham Post and Mail) Report from ongooing traffic penalty tribunal which is looking at bus lane enforcement

Metro extension cash set for rubber stamp (Birmingham Post) Council bosses are set to approve £3m funding to develop the next stage of the Midland Metro through the city centre. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted

New council charter to keep business in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Businesses have beed ordered to pay the living wage of £7.65 per hour to staff and buy Brummie first or risk losing city council contracts. Cllr Stewart Stacey quoted at an awards ceremony for the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility
Regional headlines

Suspension of students ‘at odds with free speech’ – The University of Birmingham’s decision to suspend five students after a protest has been slammed by prominent academics

Tourist marketing plan ‘too focused’ on largest hotels – The director of Conference Aston has criticised plans for a business tourism district in Birmingham saying it could ramp up costs for smaller operators
National headlines

Power cuts continue after storms – Tens of thousands of homes in England and Wales remain without power and there is renewed transport disruption following hurricane-force winds

‘Cosmetic crisis’ measures expected – Tougher rules on dermal fillers, Botox injections and plastic surgery are set to be announced by the government

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