Media Watch – Feb 14

By on 14/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Smoking ban sparks boom in shisha bars (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) BCC has revealed the number of registered shisha bars has increased from three to 21 since the government banning smoking in public places in July 2007.  Quotes Cllr Bob Beauchamp.

Bosses agree to massive 4.94% increase .. Council rent rise pays for new homes (Birmingham Mail) £9 million generated by rent rises will go to build new homes to help meet housing targets.  Quotes Cllrs Ian Ward and Paul Tilsley.

700 pupil places as free school grows (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's first free school - backed by the Sikh community Nishkam School Trust - is set to expand with a new secondary school campus. Quotes Cllrs Azim and Douglas.

University campus move could be 'disaster' for deprived suburb (Birmingham Post) Students have launched court action that could halt a £120 million campus move and seriously damage Birmingham's £8 billion Eastside transformation project.

'End of local government' means pay as you go (Birmingham Post) BCC faces budget black hole of more than £600 million over the next five years. Exclusive interview with Sir Albert Bore - double page spread.

Council caterer is £8m out of pocket in Games debacle (Birmingham Post) Amadeus, the catering arm of the NEC Group, faces a shortfall of nearly £8million,  The company is primarily owned by BCC which will have to accommodate the shortfall.

Balls: We can't promise to bail you out (Birmingham Post) Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls has backed a scheme piloted in Birmingham to divert billions of pounds away from Whitehall and into regions.

With us from the cradle to the grave (Birmingham Post) People researching their family history should steer clear of internet agencies and go direct to the Register Office.

UK Coach Awards 2013 finalists (Coach and Bus Week) Birmingham Christmas Markets are in the finals for the Most Coach-Friendly Shopping Attraction

Regional Headlines
'No-one sought' over mother and daughter deaths in Kings Heath.
An investigation has begun after a paramedic allegedly posted abusive comments online about the Stafford hospital campaigner Julie Bailey.

A 20-year-old man from Birmingham has been charged by police investigating riots in the city in August 2011.  West Midlands Police said they had now arrested almost 800 people in connection with disorder in Birmingham and the Black Country.

National Headlines

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

The government’s response to the horsemeat scandal has been criticised as “flat-footed” by a group of MPs, who call for greater testing of products.

Health service manager Gary Walker claims he was gagged by the NHS from speaking out about his dismissal and his concerns over patient safety.
Ofsted report says there is not enough strenuous, physical activity in many of England’s school PE lessons.

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