Media Watch – Feb 22

By on 22/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Three guilty of suicide bomb plot (widespread coverage) Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Waseem Zaffar quoted after three men from Birmingham were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of a bomb plot which could have caused mass deaths.

Birmingham launches bid to become Britain’s new financial hub (Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, BBC) More than 20 global companies are in talks to locate to Birmingham’s enterprise zone, which will today launch its bid to rival London as the UK’s international financial centre.

Councils warn against flats plan (Financial Times) Plans to allow developers to turn office blocks into residential flats without planning permission are being undermined as seven London boroughs and several leading city authorities (including Birmingham City Council) demand exemptions from the controversial policy.

See £100m paintings – for free (Birmingham Mail) Five paintings from a £100 million collection of masterpieces have been donated to Birmingham Museum and art Gallery – on condition visitors can see them for free.

Firms under fire over job plan ‘failure’ (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Cllr Peter Kane among the critics of the three firms running the Government’s welfare to work programme across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

Regional Headlines

Doreen Lawrence launches race unit
The mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence is helping to launch a new centre at Birmingham University for research into race and education.

Day services set to end at two Wolverhampton centres
Plans to end day care services at two centres for older people have been backed by Wolverhampton City Council.

National Headlines

Welfare-to-work scheme ‘is failing’
The government’s multi-billion-pound programme to help the long-term unemployed back into work is branded “extremely poor” by MPs.

Top UK maths pupils ‘don’t keep up’
The ablest primary pupils in England almost match those in Taiwan and Hong Kong in maths but fall back by the time they are 16, a study suggests.

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