Media Watch – June 13

By on 13/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

The opportunity of a lifetime for city (Birmingham Post) Plans are being forged which could transform transport, revolutionise air travel, breathe life into city centre businesses and give skilled jobs to thousands.

Enterprise zone millions to boost redevelopments (Birmingham Post) An extra £40 million to help create jobs and economic growth is to be pumped into enterprise zones including those in the West Midlands, ministers have announced. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Lord Mayor in business pledge (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's new Lord Mayor has vowed to roll out the red carpet to business visitors in a bid to boost the local economy and create jobs.

Council's garden is pure gold (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has struck gold at the BBC's Gardener's World Live Show at the NEC.

Sir Albert's 'dialogue' on how to make £340m cuts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's council leader has promised a radical overhaul of the way Britain's largest local authority works as he grapples with further government cuts.  Quote Sir Albert Bore.

Global strategy for Birmingham as it tries to 'raise game' (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham must 'raise its game' and maximise its role on the world stage after the adoption of a new international strategy, according to city council leader Sir Albert Bore.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllrs Robert Alden and Jon Hunt.

Birmingham 'housing crisis needs supremo to sort out mess' (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council's leadership is facing increasing calls to appoint a housing chief to deal with the housing crisis facing the city.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Paul Tilsley.


Regional Headlines:

'Electrical fault' causes scrap fire
An electrical fault is blamed for a blaze that broke out at a scrap metal yard in the West Midlands, the fire service says.

More time for murder attempt police
Detectives are given more time to question three men from Wolverhampton over the attempted murder of two police officers.
Birmingham tenants invited to rent 1,000 allotment plots
Would-be gardeners in Birmingham are being invited to rent one of 1,000 vacant allotment plots in the city.


National Headlines:

HMRC 'must fully investigate' Google
HM Revenue and Customs should “fully investigate” Google after information from whistleblowers “undermined” the firm’s defence of its tax arrangements, MPs say.

Schools ‘failing brightest pupils’
A culture of low expectations is letting down bright children in England’s non-selective secondary schools, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says.

RBS to cut jobs as new boss sought
Two thousand jobs at RBS are to go over the next 18 months as the search begins for a new boss to take it through to privatisation.

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