Media Watch – Jan 25

By on 25/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Put Birmingham Mayor in House of Lords, says study (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post online) An elected Birmingham mayor should also be given a seat in Parliament, an influential think-tank has said.

£200k pay to stay at home (Daily Express, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A council boss who has been suspended from work for two years has received £200,000 in wages while hundreds of his staff are facing redundancy.

Cadbury petition given to the PM (Birmingham Mail) A city councillor (Nigel Dawkins) will today hand Gordon Brown the names of 3,000 people from Bournville worrying for their future under a Cadbury takeover. Cllr Dawkins also interviewed by BBC Radio WM.

Brum’s green homes boost (Birmingham Mail) A £4.3million environmentally friendly housing boost is on its way to Birmingham, thanks to specialist builder Lovell. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6828

City sports arenas get nod to improve (Birmingham Mail) Two of Birmingham’s best known sporting institutions (Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Moseley Rugby Club) have been boosted with approval for major ground improvements.

Remembering the Holocaust (Birmingham Mail) Candles were lit, prayers sung and sombre speeches delivered as people of all ages and faiths gathered in Birmingham to remember Holocaust victims and survivors.

Black hole in Birmingham City Council finances hits £34million (Birmingham Mail.net) A financial crisis plunging Birmingham City Council’s finances into the red is three times greater than official figures suggest, it has been revealed.

Birmingham launches Green New Deal pilot (Regen.net) Birmingham City Council has launched a scheme it hopes will create around 270 new jobs and apprenticeships and help the council meet its target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.

Curry fly tipper has car seized (theasiantoday) A restaurateur  who repeatedly dumped leftover curry and ghee  has been found guilty of fly tipping. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6848

Indecent proposal (Inside Housing) Financial reform is essential if stock retaining councils are to secure the future of their already under-funded decent homes programme, argues Birmingham City Council’s John Lines.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6876

Regional Headlines

Chlamydia-testing postal campaign 
Thousands of homes in the West Midlands are to receive a testing kit to check for the sexually-transmitted disease chlamydia.

New Jaguar Land Rover talks end 
Talks between management and unions over the future of Jaguar Land Rover have broken down after six days.
 
Jailed pair stole £7m from University of Birmingham 
Two people who stole about £7m from a subsidiary company of the University of Birmingham have been jailed.
 
Hershey rules out bid for Cadbury 
The US confectionery firm, Hershey, has said it has no plans to bid for Britain’s Cadbury.

National Headlines

Sinn Fein and DUP leaders to resume critical talks 
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness is to meet Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson at Stormont for what Sinn Fein calls “defining talks”.

Equality Commission calls for over-65s to keep working 
People should be allowed to work beyond the age of 65 and with more flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.

Spending cuts ‘could hit affordable housing’ 
The number of planned affordable homes built over the next 10 years could be halved by government spending cuts, a housing campaign group has warned.
 
BBC urged to sell a stake in its commercial arm 
The BBC should sell a stake in its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, a House of Lords committee has said.
 
Pair charged over baby discovery 
A man and a woman have been charged in connection with the disappearance of a baby boy from Nottinghamshire.
 
60 sex offences against children a day – NSPCC 
More than 21,000 sex offences against children were recorded last year – the equivalent of 60 every day, police figures obtained by the NSPCC suggest.

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