Media Watch – Feb 7

By on 07/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£20m boost for city as it clinches fourth Tory conference (Birmingham Post, BBC WM) A deal has been reached for Birmingham to stage the 2014 Conservative Party Conference - but it is expected to be the last before a change in focus for Marketing Birmingham. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Pickles to Bore: sell city's assets to plug your £200m black hole (Birmingham Post) Article based on letter that Eric Pickles is sending to the council in response to its request for support to meet its equal pay liabilities.

Empty shops could be filled for learning and community use (Birmingham Post) Coverage of evidence gathered during a scrutiny committee inquiry into how city High Streets can be revitalised. One recommendation is that firms could be asked to pay increased BID levies to help areas with “dying” High Streets.

Council tax freeze for city (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore is today set to confirm a Council Tax freeze for the forthcoming year, it is claimed. Budget announcement also previewed on BBC WM.

Taxis to bus lanes to cut jams (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of the council's plan to allow private hire taxis to use bus and car share lanes to cut congestion.

Two wards to pilot wheelie bins scheme (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BBC online) Brandwood and Harborne have been selected as the pilot wards for Birmingham's wheelie bin pilot, set to begin later this year.

Tenants face 4.9 per cent rise in council rent (Birmingham Mail) The city's 65,000 council house tenants face a rise in rents from April - the first in 18 months.

Council loses 400 child care staff to long-term sick leave (Daily Telegraph) Continued coverage of figures that show that 400 staff have been on long-term sick leave from the council’s children’s services department.

Regional Headlines

Former Erdington MP Sion Simon is bidding for a return to politics as a member of the European Parliament.

New figures show that West Midlands Police took DNA swabs from nearly 6,000 children in a two-year period.

National Headlines

Plans to end GCSEs in key subjects in England and replace them with an English Baccalaureate Certificate are set to be scrapped by ministers.

EU leaders are due to begin a crucial two-day summit in Brussels to try to finally strike a deal on a budget for the next seven years.

A year-long inquiry finds widespread use of banned drugs in Australian sport, with links to organised crime and possible match-fixing.



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