Media Watch – Jan 3

By on 03/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Three months to decide city's fate (Birmingham Post, BBC WM) Birmingham could become the first city to get powers back from central government following progress made after the publication of Lord Heseltine's growth report last year. The city region is to be given three months to draw up a growth plan to capitalise on Heseltine's proposals. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of greater devolution of powers.

Tributes paid to a giant of city's post war politics (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Members of Birmingham's political community have paid tribute to Sir Neville Bosworth, who led the council twice during the 70s and 80s following his death at the age of 94.

Bosses explain bins decision (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) City council officials have defended the decision to suspend Christmas bin collections and the way the changes were publicised after rubbish put out incorrectly on days when crews were not working was reported to be “swamping some streets”.

Pop-up shop a real gem (Birmingham Mail) Feature on a “pop-up” shop opened in the city's Great Western Arcade to kick-start the careers of Birmingham's up-and-coming jewellers. Over seven weeks, the shop registered £7,000 of sales. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted in support of the scheme.

Expanding Birmingham's horizons by road and air (Transportation Professional) Feature on the extension of the Birmingham Airport runway and work to improve the A45, which the council has a key role in delivering.

Big pay offs to fat cats shame our town halls (Daily Star) Continued coverage of “golden goodbyes” given to council staff across the country. Birmingham cited as having the largest number of staff receiving pay-offs between £100,000 and £150,000.

Regional Headlines

Profits at Birmingham Airport rose 51.1 per cent last year to £8million.

A ten per cent drop in the number of firms going into administration in the Midlands was reported in 2012, according to researchers Deloitte.

Research from the Prince's Trust suggests that one third of Birmingham's youth are depressed by a bleak future, caused by factors including poor job prospects.

National Headlines

Senior Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir is killed by a US drone strike in the tribal area of north-western Pakistan, local security officials say.

Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, has called on the UK to hand over the Falklands Islands, in a letter published in the Guardian newspaper.

Winter fuel allowance should be means-tested to help pay for reform of elderly care, former minister Paul Burstow says.

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