Media Watch – Feb 9

By on 09/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Library gets a ‘hug’ as demonstrators fight cuts (Birmingham Mail, BBC online) Supporters of the Library of Birmingham gave the building a big hug as part of a rally against proposed cuts to opening hours

Bureaucracy ‘preventing’ good council public service (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council staff have been accused of spending more time squabbling over their departmental responsibilities than sorting out taxpayers’ problems. Deputy leader Ian Ward quoted saying he has drawn up a single council approach

Sir Albert takes to wheel in coach tour (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham coach station marked its fifth anniversary with a visit from council leader Sir Albert Bore

Council bosses reveal faith school’s debts set to hit £3m (BBC online, Birmingham Mail, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) Al Hijrah faith school is expected to have a deficit of almost £3m by the end of the financial year

They’re trying to ‘scare the bejesus’ out of people (Birmingham Mail) Eric Pickles has backed the Mail’s campaign to save school crossing patrols. A city council spokesperson said they are consulting on a range of proposals as a result of government cuts

Owners fined after play centre kitchen infested with mice (Birmingham Mail) The owners of a children’s play centre in Stechford has been fined following an investigation by the city council. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted

Councils invite care homes to bid for elderly (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, BBC Five Live) Councils are putting the elderly and disabled ‘up for auction’ on websites where care homes bid to offer them a bed. BCC quoted saying service users’ well-being is paramount and care packages only awarded to providers that can demonstrate they can meet their needs

Thermotech Plastics get £250,000 funding boost (PRW) A Birmingham-based company has received funding through the council-administered Green Bridge supply chain scheme

Birmingham plans PRS development (Property Week) The city council has submitted a planning application for a 92-home private rented development, the first of its kind for a council. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted
Regional Headlines:

Police assault charge after protests – A man is charged with assaulting a police officer after rival protests in Dudley on Saturday

‘Severe’ fire at industrial site – Crews are called to a “severe” fire at an industrial unit in Wednesfield

National Headlines:

HSBC ‘helped clients dodge tax’ – HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, thousands of documents seen by BBC Panorama show

Labour to double paid paternity leave – Labour would double the amount of paid paternity leave for new fathers to four weeks and increase paternity pay to £260 a week, Ed Miliband says

Greek PM defiant over economic plans – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece says he is sticking to plans to roll back economic austerity and rejecting an extension of an EU bailout

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