Media Watch – Feb 13

By on 13/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Councillors in battle to stop cut in their number (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 120 councillors are gearing up for a clash with the Local Government Boundary Commission over plans to cut their numbers, with talks between the council and the Commission over a major shake-up of local elections now under way following the Kerslake review. Quotes Cllr Paul Tilsley and Cllr Robert Alden.

OAPs’ fears on complex plan (Birmingham Mail) Pocklington Place, a sheltered accommodation complex in Northfield, is at the centre of uncertainty after The Pocklington Trust announced it would stop running the site next month. The Trust has accused Birmingham City Council of failing to act despite having been given six months’ notice of the Trust’s intention to quit. Quotes council spokesperson saying that talks with a number of care providers are at an advanced stage and reassuring residents that they would continue to receive appropriate care and support.

Library ‘is still excellent’ despite cuts (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet member for skills, learning and culture Cllr Penny Holbrook has told Birmingham City Council’s culture scrutiny committee that the Library of Birmingham remains a fantastic facility for learning and tourism, despite cuts being implemented later this year.

Big plan for thriving ‘baby boom’ school (Birmingham Mail) Article on Starbank School being expanded to almost double its number of places due to a baby boom in parts of the city. Quotes council spokesperson saying Birmingham is a young centre and therefore experiencing an unprecedented level of growth due to increased birth rates, fewer deaths and increased net migration into the city.

Tories: Labour stockpiling cuts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leaders are only postponing cuts until after the General Election, according to leader of the opposition Cllr Robert Alden.

Pub loses licence after vicious baseball bat attack (Birmingham Mail) The Bull Ring Tavern, in Digbeth, has had its alcohol licence suspended after a man was attacked outside by two men with a baseball bat. Quotes licensing committee chairman Cllr Lynda Clinton.

All schools to teach the ‘Brum Baccalaureate’ (Birmingham Mail) Every school in Birmingham is to teach the Birmingham Baccalaureate – a qualification designed to help pupils win jobs in the region – following an announcement made by Chancellor George Osborne as he launched the Government’s Long Term Economic Plan for the Midlands. References fact scheme was first introduced in some city schools in 2013, backed by Birmingham City Council.

Citizens on patrol (Municipal Journal) Article on devolution in Birmingham written by Ifor Jones and Tony Smith of Birmingham City Council, and Jonny Mallinson of the Innovation Unit.

Regional Headlines:

Listed fire station faces demolition

Plans to demolish and replace two West Midlands fire stations – one of which is Grade II listed (Aston fire station) – are being considered by the authority.

‘I’m close to a one-way ticket to Mars’

A student at the University of Birmingham will find out next week if she will have to give up everything for a one-way trip to Mars.

National Headlines:

HRT ‘increases ovarian cancer risk’

Taking hormone replacement therapy for even short periods of time can increase the risk of ovarian cancer, a study shows.

HSBC whistleblower’s email surfaces

Whistleblower Herve Falciani says he feels vindicated after his email to HMRC offering details of bank account holders in Switzerland is uncovered by Le Monde newspaper.

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