Media Watch – January 13

By on 13/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Shelforce review concerns employees (BBC) People with learning difficulties working at a Birmingham Council-run factory have said they fear for their livelihoods.

Rarely seen da Vinci works displayed in Birmingham (BBC)
A collection of 10 rarely seen drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will go on display in Birmingham on Friday.

Tasty plan cooked up for historic clock tower (Birmingham Mail) A city landmark Victorian school and clock tower is to be transformed into a fine dining and cookery centre. Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Aussie hotel revamp for Five Ways (Birmingham Mail) An Australian hospitality chain is behind a £100 million plan to develop a landmark luxury hotel on one of Birmingham’s most rundown city centre sites.

Chief: We are building homes (Birmingham Mail)
A total of 1,800 new homes are being built in Birmingham this year.

Neill approves capitalisation for 12 councils (Municipal Journal)
The Government has given the green light for another 12 councils (including Birmingham City Council) to capitalise assets in order to tackle equal pay settlements.

Birmingham District Energy prizes (Water Energy and Environment Journal)
Birmingham District Energy Company (BDEC), a partnership comprising Cofely, Birmingham City Council, Aston University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital – has won the Partners in Expert Services Award at the PFM 2011 Awards and was also voted Overall Winner 2011.

Regional Headlines

Reward offer over couple’s death
A reward of up to £10,000 is offered for information over the murder of a couple at their home in Birmingham.

Monkey cruelty couple sentenced
A couple are banned for life from keeping pets after causing unnecessary suffering to a young monkey which had to be put down because of its injuries.

National Headlines

Poor teachers face tougher regime
Plans to make it easier for underperforming teachers in England to be sacked are to go ahead, but critics say it could be a “bully’s charter”.

PM hint over child benefit cuts

David Cameron hints that the government could alter its controversial plans to scrap child benefit for some better-off families.

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