Media Watch – Feb 3

By on 03/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Call centre wins £1bn council contract despite its ‘failings’ (Birmingham Post) A private company which runs services for Birmingham City Council is on course to earn a contract worth almost £1 billion, despite being heavily criticised for its performance.

Whitby could be mayor – without being elected (Birmingham Post) Mike Whitby could have an 18-month stint as Tory mayor of Birmingham without ever having been elected to the powerful position.

Volunteers do £4.6 million of unpaid work for the city (Birmingham Post) Volunteers working in Birmingham’s parks, sports clubs and community centres carry out more than £4.6 million worth of unpaid work a year, according to a new city council study.

Extra time for Clock Tower plan (Birmingham Post) A consultation on the future of an historic community building in Birmingham has been extended until the end of the month.

Trust me to protect the poorest, says leader (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has launched a passionate defence of public spending cuts, insisting that voters should trust him to make the right decisions to protect the poorest people in society.

Museum and Art Gallery merger with Thinktank to save money (Birmingham Post) Talks are under way to merge Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank museum in a bid to save money.

Clinical waste left in street (Birmingham Mail) A pile of bags containing clinical waste were left on a Birmingham street for more than a week, angry residents claimed.

‘Riot act’ read to gas repair firms (Birmingham Mail) Gas repair contractors who left m,any Birmingham council house tenants without heating during last month’s big freeze have been ‘read the riot act’ by the city’s housing boss.

Anti-war party duo slammed for refusing to give soldier a standing ovation (Birmingham Mail) Two Birmingham councillors sparked a storm of protest – after refusing to take part in a standing ovation for a Midland George Cross hero.

Library turns over a new leaf as it prepares to move (Birmingham Post) Article looking at the start of preparations to move from Birmingham Central Library to the Library of Birmingham.

Sketching a vision of great art (Birmingham Post) Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s spectacular new The Poetry of Drawing exhibition.

Three councils seek more powers to raise revenue (LocalGov.co.uk) Three city councils have signalled they will lobby the government for more powers to raise their own income.

Regional Headlines

Edgbaston MP raises baby death report in Parliament
An MP (Gisela Stuart) has raised concerns in Parliament over a report into 25 baby deaths at West Midlands hospitals that found almost all could have been avoided.

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne banned from driving
A Premier League footballer has been given a driving ban for travelling the wrong way down a one-way street.

Wolverhampton residents petition for alcohol ban
Drinking alcohol may be banned in one of Wolverhampton’s parks after hundreds of residents signed a petition.

National Headlines

MPs query £1.85m overseas aid spent on Pope visit
MPs have asked ministers to explain why £1.85m of overseas aid money was spent on the Pope’s UK visit in September.

‘Save buses’ campaign launched to fight council cuts
More than two-thirds of councils in England are planning major cuts to their bus budgets, it is claimed.

Scottish ministers activate snow response
The Scottish government has activated its multi-agency response team as heavy snow and strong winds hit many areas.

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