Media Watch – Jan 15

By on 15/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council considers asset sales (BBC WM, BBC Online, BBC Today) The council's £1.1bn equal pay liability means the sale of assets such as the NEC are being considered, the BBC has claimed. MPs Jack Dromey, Lorely Burt and Gisela Stuart all interviewed.

Brum's big Middle Earth festival is facing the axe (Birmingham Mail) The retirement of leading organisers mean annual event could end. A spokesperson for Birmingham Museums Trust quoted as saying they had received no formal approach for support.

Firms given £2.2m boost for internet (Birmingham Mail) A scheme offering businesses grants of up to £3,000 for faster broadband connections is due before Cabinet next week. Cllr James McKay quoted in support of the scheme.

Homes for heroes battlelines drawn (Birmingham Mail) Members of Edgbaston District Committee have renewed their invite to Cabinet Member Cllr Tahir Ali to attend one of their meetings to discuss the city's Homes for Heroes scheme after he was unable to attend a meeting this week, which he gave his apologies for on December 20.

City tunnels up for award (Birmingham Mail) The handling of last year's city centre tunnel closures has been shortlisted for an LGC award for partnership working.

MP calls for green waste to be taken from the streets (Birmingham Mail) John Hemming MP says he thinks the council should do more to clear fallen leaves from the city streets. Cllr James McKay quoted saying that reduced resources were available as a result of decisions taken by the previous administration.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Fire Service say the proposed HS2 route could render their HQ in Nechells unviable for future use when the line is built.

National Headlines

Labour is urging Chancellor George Osborne to block any attempt by Royal Bank of Scotland to pay bonuses of up to double its bankers’ annual salary.

Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on combating radical Islamist groups, Syria’s deputy foreign minister has said.

The European Union is falling behind India and China and must reform if it wants to halt the decline, George Osborne is to warn in a speech later.

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