Media Watch – Jan 31

By on 31/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council £340k payout over youth centre (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has secured £339,000 compensation from the Government over the scrapping of a community youth centre (Stockland Green Youth Centre) in a move that could pave the way for even more damages over the axing of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Kitten kill girl faces eviction from flat (The Sun, Birmingham Mail) A teenage mum who threw a kitten to its death from a tower block will be evicted from her Birmingham City Council home, it emerged yesterday.

Tesco plans ‘could kill our nursery’ (Birmingham Mail) A playgroup fears it could go out of business if plans to build a Tesco on the outskirts of a Birmingham village (Moseley) are given the go-ahead by Birmingham City Council.

Widespread coverage of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s The Poetry of Drawing exhibition, which opened on Saturday (BBC, Daily Telegraph, Birmingham Post) http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1038

Talks to end bin dispute continue (Birmingham Mail) Talks between Birmingham City Council and unions aimed at ending the binmen dispute are going ahead this week.

Outcry over city’s lost allotments (Birmingham Mail) A former allotments site is set to be turned into a new housing estate, despite protests from residents. The allotments site in Court Lane, Erdington was closed in 1996 due to lack of demand.

Battle is on to find Brum’s best boozer (Birmingham Mail) Pubs, clubs and watering holes in Birmingham are being urged to enter a competition to find the city’s top boozers in Birmingham City Council’s Best Bar None Awards.

Social care: No quick fix (Birmingham Mail) Interview with Eleanor Brazil, Birmingham’s transitional strategic director for children, young people and families.

We’ve been frozen for two months (Birmingham Mail) A mum of six with a newborn baby has been without heating or hot water for more than two months.

Strong progress (Construction Industry News) Birmingham City Council has been making strong progress on Decent Homes and by 31 March of this year 95 per cent of its housing stock had achieved decency, which exceeded the Government’s target.

Regional Headlines

Man found in West Bromwich hole pronounced dead
A man found in a roadside hole in the West Midlands has died. Passers-by came across the man in Stoney Lane, West Bromwich, late on Friday night, in a hole dug by electricity workers.

Private sector job vacancies up
The West Midlands sees a 20% rise in private sector job vacancies since 2009, a recruitment website says.

National Headlines

David Cameron defends plans to overhaul NHS in England
David Cameron has strongly defended the coalition’s plans for a major overhaul of the NHS in England, as MPs prepare to hold their first debate on the bill.

Higher tax rate to hit 750,000 more people, says IFS
Three-quarters of a million more people are set to become higher-rate taxpayers in April, according to a leading economic research body.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow from Cairo speak of their relief to be home
Britons arriving back from Cairo have spoken of their “frightening” experiences and relief to be home from the protest-hit Egyptian capital.

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