Media Watch – February 9

By on 09/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council reveals £62m budget cuts (BBC, ITV Central, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, WM, BRMB) Birmingham City Council announces plans to save almost £62m from its budget for 2012-13.

Call to give Ozzy Freedom of City (Birmingham Mail) Ozzy Osborne should be given the Freedom of the City of Birmingham according to leading city councillors.

Dad in rooftop protest for his freezing family (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham dad has staged a one-man protest on his own roof after he was left without heating or hot water in freezing temperatures.But Terry Bates could be in hot water – because Birmingham City Council may charge him for any damage to the roof.

Historic wartime sorting office could be preserved (Birmingham Post) An objection by English heritage may prevent Royal Mail from demolishing a historic Sutton Coldfield sorting office built by the American forces during the Second World War.

‘Stop riots by holding a DJ party next time’ (Birmingham Post) Teachers and community leaders could be brought in to help police tackle future riots in Birmingham by speaking directly to young people.

Public have a say on Paradise Circus plan (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
The second phase of consultation for one of the most eagerly awaited and controversial development schemes in Birmingham has been announced.

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

Firm for disabled ‘let down by managers’ (Birmingham Post)
Poor management has been blamed for uncertainty facing a council owned double glazing  and door maker (Shelforce) which employs physically and mentally disabled staff.

Market traders’ anger after 22 per cent rise in fees (Birmingham Post)
Traders at Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets have called for emergency talks with the council after they were hit with a 22 per cent rise in service charges.

Rent freeze surprise for council tenants (Birmingham Post) 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 gloom.

Regional Headlines

Frontline police ‘in office jobs’
“A very small number” of frontline officers in the West Midlands are filling office jobs while the force adapts to budget changes, the chief constable says.

Ex-footballer in drink-drive ban

Former England midfielder and Aston Villa player Paul Merson from Sutton Coldfield is given a 14-month driving ban in connection with a crash on the M40.

National Headlines

Care referrals reach record high
The number of children referred into care in England hits a record high, after rising steadily in the years since the notorious Baby P case.

Rooney leads calls for Redknapp
England striker Wayne Rooney leads calls for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello as manager of the national team.

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