Media Watch – July 21

By on 21/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Business schemes to pump cash into suburbs (Birmingham Post) Three new Birmingham business improvement districts will generate a total of £453,000 a year for local improvement projects. City Council leaders are set to approve BIDs in Sutton Coldfield, Northfield and Acocks Green.

Lost film scores rewrite history of the silent era (Birmingham Post, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) A rare collection of silent movie scores unearthed from the Birmingham Library archives has stunned film historians.

Firms gear up for 2012 athletes (BBC) Birmingham firms are gearing up for the visit of the Jamaican and US track and field teams in 2012.

Authorities to keep extra business rates (Birmingham Post) A revolution in local government funding has been launched after Ministers announced councils would be allowed to keep the extra cash they raise by attracting new businesses to their areas. It means Birmingham City Council could receive a windfall from the extra business rates paid by firms attracted to the city centre by regeneration projects.

City heading for £37 million black hole (Birmingham Post) Leaders of Birmingham City Council are fighting to close a £37 million budget deficit as the strain of delivering huge spending cuts begins to be felt.

Rivals set aside differences to fight mayor referendum (Birmingham Post) Two Birmingham MPs (John Hemming and Roger Godsiff) are setting aside their political differences to campaign against the city council being run by a directly elected mayor.

‘No decision’ on offshore council jobs (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Directors of Capita are insisting they have not yet agreed to abandon plans to offshore 55 jobs at Service Birmingham, the IT provider it runs for the city council.

Minister echoes Adonis criticism of school bosses (Birmingham Post) Education Secretary Michael Gove has launched an attack on Birmingham City Council’s stewardship of its schools as he warned the city ‘needs many things to change’.

Council warning over accepting hospitality (Birmingham Post) Council officials are often unaware of the dangers of accepting gifts and hospitality from third parties, Birmingham’s chief auditor has warned.

Hat trick for flower show) Birmingham Mail) Green-fingered council staff have scooped their third major honour of the summer – this time for a display of Birmingham’s iconic Mini car.

Councillor in row over car park plan (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Muhammed Afzal) and mosque leader were involved in a heated public row over a planning application for a small inner-city car park.

City ‘has skills’ to attract Whitehall departments (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is offering an unrivalled skills set for government departments and quangos thinking about relocating from central London and the south east to cut costs.

Regional Headlines

Water firm pension plans opposed
Workers take part in a protest over proposed changes to Severn Trent’s pension arrangements.

Man arrested over woman’s murder
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a 72-year-old woman is found dead in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Jail for Lindsay Hawker killer
A Japanese man accused of killing a British teacher whose body was found in a sand-filled bathtub is sentenced to life in prison.

Police expand hacking probe team
The police team investigating phone-hacking is being expanded, as it emerges that inquiries into alleged newspaper misconduct may be widening.

British ‘Taliban fighters’ held
Two Britons suspected of fighting for the Taliban are arrested by British armed forces in Afghanistan.

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