Media Watch – Jan 18

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Auditor says Birmingham is on course to find £330m spending cuts (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham City Council's £3.3billion finances have been given a clean bill of health for the first time two years. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15369

Call centre fails to attract web surfers (Birmingham Mail) Taxpayers are ignoring a drive aimed at encouraging them to deal with Birmingham City Council through online  accounts, it has emerged.

Heritage groups are ‘middle-class idiots’ (Daily Telegraph) Conservationists fighting to save a row of Victorian villas have been dismissed as ‘middle-class idiots’ by Birmingham City councillor Les Clark.

Thousands of children labelled racists (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) Birmingham City Council highlighted in a story about the reporting of racist or homophobic incidents in schools across the UK.

Builders move into Kings Heath Library (About My Area) Builders will be moving in to Kings Heath Library to start work on repairing the roof, Birmingham City Council has announced.

Equal pay claim hope for retired women (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of women public sector workers, previously denied access to bumper equal pay compensation, could now cash in following a High Court decision.

Is this our city’s worst pavement? (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Reg Corns has called for urgent council action to fix pavement outside the Co-op shop in Turves Green, Northfield. The pavement is classed as privately owned and the City Council is trying to track down the owner.

Think it through (Inside Housing) Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Housing says social landlords must bear new opportunities in mind when responding to the government’s consultation on flexible tenancies.

Birmingham’s festive market pulls record numbers (Market Trader and Independent Retailer) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market surpassed all previous footfall figures last month, attracting around 3.1 million visitors.

Regional Headlines

Students stage Birmingham university sit-in protest
Students have protested at the University of Birmingham against threatened redundancies and “unnecessary” departmental budget cuts.

Inquiry into ‘too close’ planes at Birmingham Airport
A light aircraft, landing at Birmingham Airport, passed close to a passenger plane waiting to take off.

Gloucestershire scam builders guilty of £1m fraud
A gang of Gloucestershire builders has been convicted of scamming householders out of a combined total of nearly £1m.

National Headlines

Minimum alcohol price levels planned by coalition
Plans for a minimum price for alcohol in England and Wales are to be announced by ministers.

Jo Yeates’s parents say killer must not be shielded
The parents of Jo Yeates have urged anyone shielding her killer to come forward.

Peers all-nighter in epic battle for AV referendum bill
Peers are still sitting after the first of an expected series of all-night Lords sittings as the government attempts to force through Parliament plans to reform the voting system.

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