Media Watch – February 21

By on 21/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Local Councils’ CCTV Camera Bill Tops £500m (Sky, BBC, ITN, all national newspapers, Birmingham Mail) Councils have spent more than £500m installing and operating CCTV cameras over the last four years. Since 2007 Birmingham and Westminster councils have each spent more than £10m on CCTV.

City lawyer eyes mayor job (Birmingham Mail) Top lawyer and former Birmingham City Council manager Mirza Ahmad has announced he could stand as an independent candidate for Birmingham mayor if city residents vote to create one in May’s referendum.

Brum’s pledge of support for armed services (Birmingham mail, BRMB, WM) Birmingham is set to become the UK’s first city without its own garrison to sign a special covenant with the armed forces.

Bulldozers ready to rip down landmark (Birmingham Mail) The battle to save a 100-year-old landmark city centre building (Island House) from demolition looks lost after claims workers are to begin pulling it down within days.

Boy’s electric shock sparks lights probe (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs have launched a crackdown on Birmingham traders after a six-year-old boy received an electric shock from dodgy lights being sold to mark religious festivals.

Birmingham to invest £297 million in housing stock (Inside Housing) The largest council landlord in the UK (Birmingham City Council) has given the go-ahead for a three-year housing investment programme worth £297 million.

£9m BMAG development moves forward (Attractions Management) A £9m project to create new galleries exploring the history of Birmingham at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) has moved forward.

Nectar trial in Birmingham ‘a great success’ (letsrecycle.com) Birmingham City Council’s Nectar points trial is proving to be ‘a great success’ with approximately one quarter of households in the pilot area participating in the scheme.

Regional Headlines

‘More nurses’ needed for trials
A leading blood cancer doctor says thousands of lives could be saved if leukaemia drugs developed and tested in the West Midlands were available on the NHS.

Plaque to honour Malcolm X visit
Civil rights campaigner Malcolm X is to be honoured with a plaque almost 50 years after visiting the West Midlands during heightened racial tensions.

National Headlines

Firms paid to help workless teens
Firms and charities are to be offered a payment-by-results scheme to try to get 55,000 “Neet” teenagers in England into work, education or training.

Sacked Baby P workers to appeal

Two social workers who lost their jobs after the killing of Baby P are appealing against a ruling they were fairly sacked.

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