Media Watch – Feb 26

By on 26/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City teen pregnancies down 45% (Birmingham Mail) Teen pregnancy rates in Birmingham have nearly halved in the last 15 years. Cllr Steve Bedser and Director of Public Health Dr Adrian Phillips quoted.

Protest fears as city votes on £102 cuts (Birmingham Mail) Protests are expected today as Birmingham councillors vote on £102 million of budget cuts which could lead to 1,000 redundancies.

Wheelie bin feedback (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has launched a six-month consultation process on plans to introduce wheelie bins to the majority of households next year.

Dispute over research centre plan (Birmingham Mail) City planners are divided over designs for a new University of Birmingham-backed research laboratory. See the planning debate here: http://ow.ly/i3bEx

Call to back kids’ homes (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Reg Corns) is calling on businesses and social clubs to offer their support to the city’s children’s homes.

Two more years’ wait in store (Birmingham Mail) Supermarket giant Tesco has vowed to build a long-delayed store (Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley) by the end of 2015 after angry residents complained about years of hold ups.

Splendidly pointless second city debate (Financial Times) Birmingham's effort to revive its economy, highlighted last week by the launch there of the UK's largest city-centre enterprise zone, raises that old question: what is the country's second city after London?

Carer takes on council cuts to ‘life-changing’ employer (Morning Star) Birmingham city council has been threatened with legal action over ‘disproportionate’ cuts to a disabled workers’ scheme.

Regional Headlines

Lenny Henry to get freedom of Dudley
Councillors agree to award comedian Lenny Henry the freedom of his home town of Dudley in the West Midlands.

Rail fiasco ‘to cost at least £50m’
A “complete lack of common sense” in the government’s handling of the West Coast Main Line rail bids will cost taxpayers at least £50m, MPs say.

National Headlines

Britons ‘among balloon crash dead’
A hot air balloon crashes in the ancient Egyptian town of Luxor, killing 19 people including British and French tourists, Egyptian media say.

Police to meet Lib Dems over Rennard
Officials from the Liberal Democrats are to meet the Metropolitan Police to discuss allegations made about the party’s former chief executive Lord Rennard.

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