Media Watch – February 29

By on 29/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tax freeze and £100m of cuts (Birmingham Mail) A council tax freeze has been rubber-stamped by Birmingham’s ruling Tory-Lib Dem coalition – along with a £100 million package of cuts.

Brum set for big Olympics music date (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is to stage a huge concert to mark the route to be taken by the Olympic torch this summer.

Brum hotels’ festive high for bookings (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s hotels achieved their highest occupancy rate for more than four year in the run-up to Christmas during a special promotion to highlight the city’s festive offering.

Closure bid for awards refused (Birmingham Mail) Organisers of a national music awards ceremony (National Drum and Bass Awards) to be held in Birmingham have hit out at council officials who refused to grant  a road closure for the event.

Fears over city foster care target (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s children’s social services chiefs are confident they can recruit at least 100 new foster families next year in a bid to take youngsters out of care homes and cut costs.

Council to team up with housing association to build homes for market rent (24dash.com)
The country’s largest stock holding council is poised to join forces with a housing association to build homes for market rent. Birmingham City Council – which owns more than 60,000 homes – is planning to build 400 homes for market rent as part of the regeneration of an estate in the Highgate area of the city.

Regional Headlines

Land Rover’s millionth Discovery
The millionth Land Rover Discovery is made at the firm’s plant in Solihull in the West Midlands.

‘Action’ on rubbish stack company
A Black Country company ordered to reduce a pile of rubbish faces action after allegedly failing to meet a series of deadlines.

National Headlines

Compassion ‘key’ to elderly care
Being compassionate should be as important as being clever when it comes to the recruitment of staff to care for the elderly, experts say.

UK call for European court change
The government calls for the European Convention on Human Rights to be substantially rewritten so national courts have a much greater say.

Strike threat to London Olympics
Industrial action against government cuts could be timed to disrupt the London 2012 Olympics, the leader of Britain’s largest union has said.

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