Media Watch – Jan 18

By on 18/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council summit on spending cuts (BBC) Council leaders from Birmingham and cities around the UK gather to discuss the impact of local government spending cuts.

High-speed rail phase to be released (Birmingham Mail) Transport Secretary Patrick McLouglin and Cllr Sir Albert Bore met at a summit to discuss the benefits of HS2.

Foot of snow fear sees city schools shut (Birmingham Mail) Details of Birmingham schools that are shut.

Council failed runaway kids as 55 'abused or harmed' (Birmingham Mail) BCC disclosed that 55 youngsters were believed to have been harmed, sparking a referral to social workers and, potentially, the police, since 2009. Article claimed local authorities not carrying out return interviews for vulnerable children.

New row over city wheelies (Birmingham Mail) Cllr McKay criticized for saying that if had option would have spent £30m on something else. Cllr McKay and Cllr Deidre Alden both quoted.

Birmingham LGBT centre tackles health issues health issues (BBC) A new centre is opening to deal with health issues faced by Birmingham’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Birmingham City Council and the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme are funding the project.

Row over big screen removal (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage – BCC trying to find cheapest way of moving the screen from Victoria Square.

Store wars battle goes to High Court (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage – New River Retail's second legal challenge to BCC planning consent for Sainsbury in Erdington.

Lord in plea to save Law Centre (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage – Chief Exec of Law Centre says best hope for its survival is intervention by BCC.

Coverage of HS2 plans (Tramways & Urban Transit) Plans for a new spur off the extended line from Upper Bull Street across to Moor Street station and the planned HS2 high-speed rail station in Eastside.

Fresh funding is a winter warmer for Birmingham (West Midlands Housing News) BCC to receive £2m from government for projects designed to tackle the issue of fuel poverty. Cllr McKay quoted.

Eco-improvements deliver energy efficient homes for Birmingham residents (West Midlands Housing News) Residents are benefitting from more energy efficient homes after BCC and contractor Keepmoat completed a 3 month through the government's Community Energy Saving Programme.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands hit by heavy snowfall.

Homeless charities given £3.6m
Charities helping homeless people in West Midlands are given a share of a £3.6m government fund which aims to ensure nobody has to spend a second night on the streets.

National Headlines

Algeria hostage siege 'not over'. The Algerian operation at a gas facility in the desert where Islamists militants have been holding foreign hostages has not ended, officials say.

Schools closed as snow hits UK. Hundreds of schools are closed and transport is disrupted as a band of heavy snow affects most of the UK.

Cameron: UK could 'drift' out of EU. The UK could 'drift towards' exiting the EU if problems with the institution are not addressed, David Cameron is set to warn.

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