Media Watch – July 1

By on 01/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Van Gogh to boost impression of the city (Birmingham Post) A four-day Asian music festival, free public dance nights in Victoria Square  and an exhibition of work by Van Gogh and other French impressionists are just some of the artistic delights in store if Birmingham is named the UK’s first City of Culture.

Whitby’s new mission to get state jobs to Birmingham (Birmingham Post) The Government’s dire financial crisis could boost Birmingham’s bid to attract thousands of civil service jobs from London.

City schools face £13m cuts shock (Birmingham Mail) Schools and education services across Birmingham are to be hit by a £13 million council cuts package this year.

Festival pledge if city wins culture crown (Birmingham Mail) A festival under a motorway flyover, a Van Gogh exhibition, concerts on canal barges and a special Staffordshire Hoard exhibition will take place – if Birmingham is crowned the UK’s first City of Culture.

£2bn battle plan to slash council spend (Birmingham Post) Finance directors from the city council, health trusts, police and fire service are drawing up a battle plan to cope with public sector spending cuts in Birmingham of almost £2 billion over the next four years.

School academy plan to go ahead (Birmingham Post) Education bosses have backed plans for another Birmingham school to leave council control amid signs that the government’s drive to open controversial academies is beginning to gather pace.

City plug-in points for electric cars (Birmingham Post, PA Newswire and various regional publications) Futuristic electric car drivers have been given a boost – as charging points for their eco-friendly vehicles have been installed in Birmingham city centre.

Council bill after pay rise shambles (Birmingham Post) A controversial decision to ‘buy-off’ binmen with an £8,000 wage rise has backfired badly on Birmingham City Council, which now faces a multi-million pound compensation bill.

Deep divisions exposed over housing plans for Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Moves to build at least 50,000 new houses in Birmingham by 2026 have exposed deep divisions in the city council’s Conservative group.

They came, they saw… they blundered (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The city council has named a new highway built to whisk patients to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after the wrong Roman road.

Change in ethos for services to beat cuts (Birmingham Post) Support services for Birmingham schools will have to become more businesslike and private-sector orientated if they are to survive the Government’s purge on local authority spending, the city’s education chief has warned.

£100m for pavement trips (Daily Telegraph) Councils have handed out more than £100 million to people who have tripped on pavements over the past five years, research has found. The reported figure for Birmingham is £7.55 million.

Regional Headlines

Families’ fears over prostitution in Walsall
People living in Walsall say their lives are being ruined by prostitution despite a West Midlands Police operation to clean up the streets.

Travellers allowed to develop disputed Meriden camp
Travellers on a controversial green belt site in the West Midlands are being allowed to partly develop it. They have been given permission to fence off a pond and put down sewage pipes for 10 caravans at Eaves Green Lane in Meriden, near Solihull.

European theatre festival staged in Birmingham
More than 60 performers from across Europe are travelling to Birmingham for a new theatre and dance festival.

National Headlines

Taliban rule out negotiations with Nato
The Taliban in Afghanistan have told the BBC that there is no question of their entering into any kind of negotiations with Nato forces.

Paedophiles ‘increasingly access images from webcams’
Paedophiles are increasingly accessing indecent pictures of children from webcams, experts warn.

Nick Clegg calls for law repeal ideas
Nick Clegg is to ask the public to nominate laws and regulations they would like to see abolished.

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