Media Watch – Feb 4

By on 04/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tea rooms reopen after council row (Birmingham Mail) It was more than just a storm in a tea cup – but now a popular Birmingham cafe (Victorian Tea Rooms, Kings Heath Park) is open for business again.

The fiscal decision we can’t defer (Local Government Chronicle – subscription only) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes writes about the current state of local government finances.

Plenty of options for the big day (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy gives tips to those thinking of proposing on Valentine’s Day.

Chamber to pioneer Heseltine’s strategy (Chamberlink) Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group has warmly welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to allow Lord Heseltine’s report to be pioneered in Greater Birmingham.

Deal benefits Cadbury (Chamberlink) Business Minister Michael Fallon has put his seal of approval on a red-tape cutting deal between one of the world’s largest confectionary manufacturers and Europe’s largest local authority.

Birmingham protest over youth services cuts (BBC) More than 100 people gathered in Birmingham to protest against plans to cut youth services in the city.

Heavy clampdown on parking fraudster (TS Today) A fraudster who ran a notorious Birmingham car clamping company has been ordered to pay back almost £3 million or face 10 years in jail.

Council jobs racism storm (Sunday Mercury, Daily Star, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been accused of racism after five white managers kept their posts following a review – while six ethnic minority colleagues were made redundant.

Residents get £2m to slash bills (Birmingham Mail) Residents of four Birmingham tower blocks are slashing their fuel bills with a £2 million plan to fight fuel poverty. The city council has secured funding from the government to upgrade heating and insulation for 212 low income households.

OAP’s fury over black bag street (Birmingham Mail) A Hall Green pensioner said his suburban street had become ‘like a pigsty’ with uncollected household waste littering the neighbourhood.

Recruits sworn in at new office (Birmingham Mail) Five new army recruits were sworn in watched by Birmingham Lord Mayor Cllr John Lines in a special ceremony which also marked the official opening of a new army careers office.

Regional Headlines

Two arrested over stab killing
Two men are arrested after a man suffers a fatal stab wound during a fight at a house in Halesowen, West Midlands.

Malala recovering after surgery
A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is recovering after surgery in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Sellafield clean-up costs £67.5bn
The cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site has reached £67.5bn, with no indication of when the cost will stop rising, according to a report.

Osborne backs bank break-up powers
Banks will be broken-up if they do not follow new rules to ring-fence risky investment operations from High Street operations, the chancellor is to announce.

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