Media Watch – July 3

By on 03/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

No U-turn on garden tax - but bins' boss apologises (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's new cabinet member responsible for bins has apologised to the hundreds of residents who paid for green waste collections that they did not get

Bore upbeat over future of enterprise capital city (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Sir Albert Bore gave an upbeat message when delivering his annual policy statement saying the city will prosper as it delivers on its aim to become the enterprise capital of the UK

Vote probed as councillor de-selection is cancelled (Birmingham Post) The Labour Party has cancelled the de-selection of Paulette Hamilton and launched an investigation

Don't impose mayor on us, warns councillor (Birmingham Post) Cllr James Hutchings has warned against imposing a mayor on the people of Birmingham

Radical Labour plan to shake up local government (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has begun talks with neighbouring authorities about creating a combined authority to take charge of issues such as economic development

£5.5m facelift is planned for rail commuters' tunnel (Birmingham Mail) The St Martin's Queensway tunnel will be transformed into a well-lit attractive commuter route

Protest outside Our Lady and St Rose of Lima school (BBC WM) Parents demanding a change of leadership following a poor Ofsted report. A council spokesperson said they were working with the school and the most recent Ofsted monitoring visit in March this year found that senior leaders and governors were taking effective action to address all areas of concern

Regional Headlines:

Man shot dead and two others injured – A man is shot and killed and two others are injured during disorder in Birmingham

20,000 jobs boost for creative economy - The West Midlands is at the centre of a creative jobs boom with almost 20,000 new roles in just three years

Arts groups' futures are secured after grant awards - Some of the Midlands' biggest arts organisations are celebrating having their futures secured, after scooping key government grants

National Headlines:

Tighter security for flights to US – Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US – including some in the UK – in response to US warnings of a “credible threat”

Palestinians set for teen funeral – The funeral of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair, abducted and murdered in Jerusalem, is set to take place amid fears of further violence

NHS plan 'a recipe for disaster’ – Cutting back on hospital services in England before community services are geared up to provide care is a “recipe for disaster”, MPs say

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