Media Watch – June 10

By on 10/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Inquiry into Khyra death (Birmingham Post) Social workers are to face an inquiry by a national watchdog over the death of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq.

Council appeals equal pay claims (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC) Birmingham City Council is heading back to court in an appeal over equal pay claims lodged by 4,000 women workers.

Birmingham Highways PFI work now underway (BBC Radio WM, BRMB, Smooth)

Lord Mayor of Birmingham to host Big Curry for soldiers charity (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry will be served for the first time in Birmingham on June 25 in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Cities now own Hoard (Birmingham Mail) The world famous Staffordshire Hoard is now officially in the hands of the Birmingham and Stoke on Trent museums after the £3.3million raised to buy it was handed over to the British Museum. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10920

Tasty treat as city food fair opens (Birmingham Mail) Fine wines and cuisine from around the world are on the menu in Birmingham City Centre as the International Food Fair opens for business today. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10898

David Cameron defends decision to halt funding for Longbridge housing project (Birmingham Post) David Cameron has defended the decision to stop funding for a major Birmingham City Council backed housing scheme to regenerate the site of MG Rover’s former plant.

Refuse service ‘will not’ be fortnightly (Birmingham Post) Birmingham will never move to fortnightly bin collections, the city’s transportation chief has said. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10744

In-fill ban ‘will hit targets’ (Birmingham Post) A drive to build 57,500 new homes in Birmingham by 2026 may be at risk of falling short after a ban on back-garden development.

Takeaway riddled with dirt (Birmingham Post) A chip shop owner has been fined £6,000 after admitting selling food in a takeaway riddled with dirt, mouse droppings and dead cockroaches. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10813

Rift over ‘costly’ regional quango (Birmingham Post) Conservatives are split over the future of West Midlands regional government with a damaging rift developing between cities and shires.

Sports awards held in city (Birmingham Post) Top athletes from across the world will be racing to Birmingham after the city was chosen to host the 29th Commonwealth Sports Awards. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10823

Public funds essential for investment (Birmingham Post) Increased collaboration with the public sector is the only feasible way public services can see capital investment, the corporate director of resources at Birmingham City Council (Paul Dransfield) said.

New leaf for city’s library scheme (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s revamped city centre library is to be home to a pioneering ‘living wall’ setting a new environmental standard for the revolutionary building.

JLR supply chain firm gets £250k fund boost (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham automotive supply chain firm has secured £250,000 of funding after winning a deal to supply the new Baby Range Rover. Sheldon based Mechatronic Production Systems has secured the funding offer from Business Link West Midlands, Birmingham City Council and Investbx.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is ‘improving’
The hospital has made significant improvements Birmingham Children’s Hospital “has more to do” as it strives to improve performance, a health watchdog said.

Brothers aged 15 and 13 accused of raping sister
Two brothers have gone on trial accused of raping and abusing their younger sister who was four at the time of the first alleged attack.

Walsall leisure centre and Bryntysilio centre to close
A Black Country leisure centre and an outward bounds centre in north Wales are to close, a council has decided.

National Headlines

PM David Cameron in unannounced visit to Afghanistan
Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit.

Degree costs a burden on taxpayer, says David Willetts
The cost of degree courses is a “burden on the taxpayer” and the system of funding is in need of “radical change”, the universities minister has said.

Girl, six, stabbed in the chest in Guildford
A six-year-old girl is seriously ill in hospital after she was stabbed in the chest at a property in Surrey.

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