Media Watch – February 8

By on 08/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Vision for education unveiled (BBC WM) Cllr Les Lawrence interviewed about an ambitious plan for the future of education in Birmingham, which is to go before the city council's cabinet.

Traders’ fury after hike in market rates (Birmingham Mail) Traders at Birmingham’s wholesale markets demanded emergency talks with council bosses after they were hit with a 22 per cent hike in service charges.

Children’s services are ‘improving’ (Birmingham Mail) A massive overhaul of Birmingham’s failing children’s services department is paying dividends with the service showing early improvements.

City schools doing well, says chief (Birmingham Mail) Pupils in Birmingham are benefiting from a good education despite a rapidly rising population, the city’s school chief claims.

More staff to ease delays (Birmingham Mail) More staff have been hired to help clear delays in providing blue badges  ti disabled drivers.

Rent freeze for council tenants (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 65,000 council house tenants will have their rent frozen this year in a bid to ‘bring a little sunshine’ after the economic doom and gloom.

40,000 call to keep stalls in heart of city (Birmingham Mail)
A petition bearing more than 40,000 signatures has been handed to council bosses calling for Birmingham’s markets to remain in the heart of the city.

Throw party for rioters, says report (Birmingham Mail) A flash-mob street party pumping out ‘throbbing music’ could have been used to distract scores of young people being sucked into the Birmingham riots.

Regional Headlines

Crews tackle bowling alley fire
More than 70 firefighters tackle a blaze at a former Wolverhampton bowling alley.

Man dies after being hit by car
An elderly man dies in hospital after being struck by a car in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

RBS boss: I considered resigning
Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive, Stephen Hester, says he briefly considered resigning during the uproar over his bonus.

New police squad to tackle gangs
A new squad of 1,000 officers dedicated to tackling gang-related crime in London is being launched by the Metropolitan Police.

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