Media Watch – Feb 28

By on 28/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Explaining the budget cuts (BBC Daily Politics, Inside Out) Sir Albert Bore explained the scale of the cuts he is being forced to make in Birmingham to youth worker Dale Jukes.

Budget approved (BBC WM) Sir Albert Bore reflected on the difficult decisions made at Tuesday’s Full Council meeting.

Bore announces £102m of cuts to council services (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore stressed his commitment to job creation and economic growth as he announced a budget of swingeing cuts. Quotes Cllrs Bore, Alden and Tilsley.
No fire sale of city assets to plug the black hole (Birmingham Post) There will be 'no fire sale' of Birmingham city council's £6 billion assets to fund huge equal pay bills or head of cuts, the local authority's leader has announced.  Quotes Cllrs Bore and Clancy.

City's triple AAA rating slips in line with UK (Birmingham Post) Birmingham city council's credit rating has slipped following the UK Government's downgrade.

No third time lucky City of Culture bid (Birmingham Post) A third bid for City of culture status has been ruled out by Birmingham City Council …. as it does not have the money to invest in the bid.

Challenge for city firms as enterprise zone launched (Birmingham Post) Double page spread about the launch of the of the city's enterprise zone.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

£60 fine for city drivers in bus lanes (Birmingham Mail) Drivers using Birmingham's city centre bus lanes to beat traffic jams will face £60 fines in a new crack-down.  Quotes Cllr Ali.  

Birmingham council face wrath of the people (Morning Star) Protesters blockaded Britain's biggest council yesterday to demand it stands up and fight against vicious government cuts.

Tackling Birmingham youth unemployment (West Midlands Housing News) Organisations from across Birmingham have pledged to address the youth unemployment problem through supporting local apprenticeship programmes encouraging young people into work. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

£1m bed and breakfast rooms for Birmingham's homeless ((West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council spent almost £1 million last year providing emergency bed and breakfast accommodation for the homeless, The Birmingham Post has reported.  Includes fact that BCC disputes figures.

Jobs charter signed for Birmingham (Rail Technology Magazine) Birmingham City Council, John Lewis and Network Rail have signed a 'Jobs and Skills charter' to help people access more than 1,000 jobs created by the New Street redevelopment project and Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

The death of plain English (Daily Express) Mentions BCC's Transport, Connectivity and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee's complaint against the Smart City Vision Statement that only gets to a point on page 22 of the report.

Regional Headlines:

CPS West Midlands staff members face £1m fraud charges
Two Crown Prosecution Service staff members face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud over false taxi claims totalling at least £1m, the CPS said.
John Anslow escape: Seven men arrested
Seven men have been arrested over the escape of an inmate from a prison van when it was ambushed on its way to court.

Wolverhampton targeted in police crackdown
Thirty one people have been arrested in what West Midlands Police described as one of its largest operations in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines:

RBS lost £5.2bn in ‘chastening’ year.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported its fifth annual loss since it was rescued by the government in 2008.

UK net migration falls by a third
Net migration to the UK fell by a third in the year ending June 2012, compared with the previous 12 months, the latest immigration figures show.

Council tax increases despite government incentives
More than 40% of councils in England are planning to increase council tax this year, according to a survey.
‘Put disabled down’ councillor Collin Brewer resigns
A Cornwall councillor at the centre of a row over his remark about disabled children has resigned.

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