Media Watch – February 20

By on 20/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Disabled face bailiffs sent in by council (Birmingham Mail) Disabled or vulnerable people are being confronted by bailiffs – because of problems with Birmingham’s Council Tax computer system. The IT system is prevented from flagging up vulnerable people under the Data Protection Act.

Fury as cricket stars fail to turn up for show (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council consumer watchdogs have launched a probe into a cricket show which left fans disappointed and demanding a refund.

BBC pledged creative new jobs for city (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The BBC has promised it has not turned its back on Birmingham and agreed a new deal to support the city’s growing and thriving digital media businesses – including apprenticeships for young creatives.

How to make energy savings (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy reveals top tips to try and reduce your energy bills.

Cities plan to invest billions in Green Deal retrofit work (Building) Billions of pounds worth of retrofitting work is set to be procured by some of England’s largest regional cities (including Birmingham) in response to the government’s flagship Green Deal scheme.

Council cuts carbon (Premises and Facilities Management) Since 2003 Birmingham City Council, Aston University, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cofely have been working in partnership under the name of Birmingham District Energy Company Ltd.

Lord Digby drops out of city mayoral race (Birmingham Mail) Lord Digby Jones has ruled himself out as a candidate to become the first elected mayor of Birmingham.

Car park sale to pay for library revamp (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council need to sell off three car parks to pay for repairs to Sutton Coldfield library.

Bullseye for city pub darts plea (Birmingham Mail) A leading pub company has set aside space for a dart board in a new Birmingham bar following a special plea from city planners.

Nightclub fears noise shutdown (Birmingham Mail)
A Birmingham nightclub claims it faces closure of noise grounds after plans for four luxury loft apartments across the road were approved.

Youth service given jobs reprieve (Birmingham Mail)
More than 100 public sector workers in Birmingham have been granted a reprieve after city chiefs withdrew the threat of redundancy, a union has claimed.

Regional Headlines

Last stage of library restoration
Work on the entrance to the Grade II listed Wolverhampton Central Library completes a £900,000 renovation project.

Round-the-world yachtsman injured

A Birmingham man competing in a round-the-world yacht race is in hospital after being injured in high seas off Taiwan. under a new name as a “state of the art” digital screen.

National Headlines

Lloyds claws back bosses’ bonuses
Lloyds is clawing back bonuses worth £2m from executives in the wake of the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

Drought summit as rivers dry up
Parts of England face “crippling drought” with some rivers and groundwater levels lower than in 1976, it is warned ahead of a drought summit.

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