Media Watch – Feb 24

By on 24/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Top brass on £5 million (Birmingham Mail) 47 council staff earn £5m per year between them with seven earning more than Prime ministers basic salary. Salary bands for all staff earning above £70,000 detailed. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood criticises senior pay levels at time cuts to frontline staff are being made.

 Sold Out - Town centre manger funding ends (Birmingham Post) Work of town centre managers is praised and concerns expressed about the future of local centres with WNF funding for the posts ending in April.

 Question over tower as key Beorma work starts (Birmingham Post) Salhia confirm work is about to begin on Beorma Quarter, although suggestion is major works to towers will be delayed until occupiers are found in advance. Cllr Whitby welcomes the news coming so soon after John Lewis announcement.

 Anger over Whitby's £210k 'red carpet' fund (Birmingham Post) Details of expenditure from the Leader's 'development fund' outlined with criticism from opposition that the expenditure is not subject to scrutiny or accountable. Council statement points out fund was first established under previous administration and is used to support community organisations and attract investment.

 Council staff flooded with applications for academies (Birmingham Post) Cllr Lawrence orders audit of academy application process after confirming 17 staff are spending time working on applications from schools to become academies.

 Bolt plans on hold (Birmingham Mail) Council leadership said to have made U-turn on considering charging the public to watch Jamaican athletes train at pre-Olympic camp as way of raising income.

 Pay cuts concession may not be enough (Birmingham Post) Unions said to be pressing ahead with ballot of members despite concessions made by Council leadership over Birmingham Contract. Opposition argue that discussions on the subject at Scrutiny Committee should not have been held in private session. 

 Aston Pride funding ending (BBC WM) Analysis of the impact Aston Pride has had as funding comes to an end.

United front over Highbury future (Birmingham Post Lite) Peace said to have broken out in battle over future of Highbury Hall with joint statement from Cllr Alden and lead campaigner Mrs de Vere Taylor saying they are working together.

Regional Headlines

Build up to League Cup Final

Stratford Road closed after fire at textile factory

National Headlines

First Libya rescue planes arrive back in the UK

Hopes fade of finding more NZ quake survivors

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