Media Watch – Jan 23

By on 23/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Government to reassess funding for Second City (Birmingham Post) The Government has agreed to re-examine how Birmingham is funded after a crunch meeting with a cross party delegation of MPs and politicians for the city council

Council plan to ban filming of meetings is blocked (Birmingham Post) Ministers have warned Birmingham City Council against banning bloggers, journalists or anyone else from recording council meetings. Cllr Ian Ward said the authority needed to consult the public and media

Capita blunder sees thousands charged twice for council tax (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham council tax payers have been charged twice this month following a computer error

Child care watchdog boss 'seeing improvement' (Birmingham Post) The chair of Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board is 'cautiously confident' the the city's failing children's services are on track to make improvements

£15m boost to aid enterprise zone development (Birmingham Post) Key plans for Birmingham's city centre enterprise zone have been boosted with £15m of new funding. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted

'Society must play its part to tackle abuse' (Birmingham Post) A top Home Office trouble shooter (Stephen Rimmer) has been appointed to tackle child sexual exploitation in the West Midlands

HS2 will put the region back on track - rail boss (Birmingham Post) HS2 will prove pivotal in rebalancing the UK economy in favour of the regions, according to new chairman Sir David Higgins. Sir Albert Bore echoed the sentiments at a meeting between the Core Cities and Sir David in Birmingham

Council rubbishes criticism over 3,000 German bins for city (Birmingham Post) The Germans are to make 3,000 large wheelie bins – though the remaining 99.7 per cent of bins will be made in the UK. Cllr McKay quoted

£7.5m grant for Midland businesses (Birmingham Post) Firms working with green technology and innovationcan benefit from a new European funding grant. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted
Regional Headlines:

Record drop in number of unemployed across region - The West Midlands has seen the biggest ever drop in unemployment on record, in a huge boost to the region's economy

Jail disorder 'was full-scale riot' – A disturbance at Oakwood prison in Wolverhampton that the authorities said was an incident of “concerted indiscipline” was in fact a “full-scale riot”, according to a prison officer who went inside to tackle the violence

National Headlines:

NHS waiting time data 'unreliable' – Waiting time information for non-emergency operations such as knee and hip replacements in England is unreliable, a watchdog says

UN seeks to bridge Syria divide – UN mediator for Syrian peace talks Lakhdar Brahimi will hold separate talks with rival delegations to assess their willingness to meet together

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