Media Watch – Feb 21

By on 21/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Children’s centres ‘will be staying’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s education chief has pledged to keep the city’s 75 children’s and Surestart centres open in the face of budget pressures.

Chief: I might dump council call centre (Birmingham Mail) The council call centre blamed for leaving residents shivering in cold homes during the winter freeze could be dumped by the city’s housing department.

Pre-Olympic event to be held in city (Birmingham Mail) The starting gun for one sport in the 2012 London Olympics will be fired in Birmingham this autumn. The city is hosting the Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships in November.

We are the Big Society – so why will the Coalition not help us? (Sunday Express) Community leaders in Birmingham’s Balsall Heath say savage cuts to public spending threaten to undo the good work that the Prime Minister has been keen to highlight as a glowing example of his pet project.

Council car fees rip-off (Sunday Express) Birmingham City Council one of many local authorities referenced in an article looking at parking fees and charges.

Dummy eggs to fight gull menace (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has approved plans to deal with the growing seagull population.

Councils ‘missed’ £530m in taxes (BBC Online) Cash-strapped local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales failed to collect £530m in council tax in 2009-10, a BBC investigation has found (Birmingham City Council £14.7m)

Safety fears halt screens (Birmingham Mail) Plans to put giant brightly lit advertising screens alongside the Aston Expressway have been put on hold by councillors amid fears they could distract drivers and lead to accidents.

£58m investment in city homes gets the nod (Birmingham Mail) A £58 million package of improvements to council houses in Birmingham, including new properties has been approved by city chiefs.

Regional Headlines

Pete Waterman backs London-Birmingham high-speed rail
Pop mogul Pete Waterman says if a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham is cancelled the UK will be “worse than Spain”.

Arrest after shots fired at Birmingham house
A man has been arrested after shots were fired towards a house in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Thousands are ‘at risk of alcohol death’ say doctors
Poor alcohol regulation could cost up to 250,000 lives in England and Wales over the next 20 years, doctors warn.

7/7 inquests: MI5 officer to give evidence
A senior member of MI5 will give evidence later at the inquests into the deaths of 52 people killed in the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London in 2005.

David Cameron outlines his vision for public services
David Cameron has promised to transform the way schools, hospitals and council services are run and end the state’s monopoly over the public sector.

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