Media Watch – July 12

By on 12/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£21m black hole in council purse (Birmingham Post, BBC) A finance report has revealed that Birmingham City Council is, two months into its fiscal year, already facing a £21 million ‘black hole’ which could put key services at threat if ignored. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

‘Social care reform is just empty promise’ (Birmingham Post) Government plans to reform care in the face of spiralling costs and an ageing population have been slammed as ‘an empty promise’ by Birmingham’s social services chief. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

£1.5bn ‘city deal’ battle won but fight not over (Birmingham Post) Ministers responsible for negotiating a £1.5 billion ‘city deal’ with Birmingham and neighbouring councils have admitted they face a challenge convincing London civil servants to give up power and control over funding to the regions.

Retail worries about supermarket battery plant plans (Birmingham Post) The major redevelopment of a former metal manufacturing site (Selly Oak Battery and Metals site) is skewed ‘too far in favour of retail’ according to Birmingham’s planning chiefs.

Quest to reveal true Birmingham identity (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) With an estimated 150 different social, faith and ethnic groups, Birmingham is a city which can claim to be as diverse as it is possible to be. Cllr Waseem Zaffar quoted.

Getting down to brass tax: how the city council can make £10m (Birmingham Post) Chris Game (University of Birmingham) looks at which councils are better at collecting taxes and why it matters now more than ever.

Moor St Queenway traffic to change direction (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Cars could be heading the ‘wrong’ way down one of Birmingham’s busiest city centre routes this weekend. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Free ping pong for city centre (Birmingham Mail) The city is going ping pong crazy after 64 free-to-use tables were set up for the summer.

Regional Headlines

Queen to officially name hospital
The Queen is to officially name a Birmingham hospital as part of a tour of the city.

KFC oil ‘was to be sold as fuel’
Two men appear before magistrates accused of stealing £33,000 worth of cooking oil from KFC restaurants to sell on as bio oil.

National Headlines

Olympics troops announcement due
Details of an additional 3,500 troops expected to be provided to help with 2012 London Olympics security are set to be announced by ministers.

Delays for airport consultation
A consultation on expanding airports in south-east England is delayed again amid reports of tensions within the coalition over the issue.

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