Media Watch – Feb 27

By on 27/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Give our city a fair deal’ – Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore challenges coalition Government (Birmingham Mail) Sir Albert Bore has challenged the coalition Government to 'face up' to the impact of spending cuts and give the city a fair deal during the first budget address of his new administration.

Coverage of yesterday’s Full Council budget debate (BBC, ITV Central)

Birmingham teenage pregnancy rates fall by 40 per cent (Free Radio) Teenage pregnancy rates in Birmingham have nearly halved in the last 15 years.

UK borrowing costs fall despite rating cuts (Financial Times, Birmingham Mail) UK long-term borrowing costs have fallen to their lowest level this year, as troubles in the eurozone offset worries over a fresh batch of credit rating downgrades for government-backed institutions. Moody's also cut Birmingham, Cornwall, Guildford and Wandsworth councils from triple A to Aa1.

Councils seek a share of £170m pinchpoint fund (Local Transport Today, TransportXtra) Local authorities across England have submitted bids for a share of the DfT’s £170m local Pinch Point Fund to improve local roads. Birmingham City Council is submitting four schemes.

Regional Headlines

Remploy staff bid to buy factories
Remploy workers bid to turn three factories into a social enterprise which they say will save the jobs of more than 200 disabled staff.

Retailer criticised for store delays
Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has been accused of “letting down” people in the West Midlands after delays over building a new store.

National Headlines

Colder weather boosts British Gas
Centrica says profits from British Gas’ residential energy supply rose 11% to £606m last year, as colder weather meant people used more gas.

Farmers ‘angry’ at horsemeat crisis
Farmers’ anger over the horsemeat scandal will be reflected at their national conference in Birmingham, union leaders say.

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