Media Watch – June 13

By on 13/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councils need a new style of leadership (Guardian) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes says local authorities require leaders who can manage change creatively and inspire staff.

New council homes complete with countryside views ( Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Housing, met tenants of the council’s newest affordable housing scheme in Bartley Green.

The Midlands shows its metal (Sunday Mercury) Feature looking ahead to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition.

Plan to recycle old clothes (Birmingham Mail) A rags-to-riches scheme could see thousands of tonnes of old clothes recycled in Birmingham.

City set to stage tribute to Duran Duran (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Brum pop legends Duran Duran and their New Romantic peers could be celebrated at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Opening date set for pool (Birmingham Mail) Swimmers will be putting their best stroke forward after a date was set for the re-opening of Moseley Road Baths.

Fixed fines double in seven years (Birmingham Mail)
More than 14,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued since Birmingham Council wardens were given powers to fine people for environmental offences.

Disabled jobs transformed (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council employee (Sue Vincent) who has worked tirelessly to help the disabled find training and unemployment has been honoured with an MBE.

Action call on city’s rubbish (Birmingham Mail)
A campaign group has called on the city council to be more ambitious and plan to cut Birmingham’s rubbish mountain in half by collecting food and waste separately.

School behaviour earns top marks (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham pupils are on their best behaviour in the classroom, according to new figures.

Regional Headlines

McLeish resigns from Birmingham
Alex McLeish resigns as manager of Birmingham City. The Scot has now been linked with the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa.

HS2 railway link ‘not necessary’
The proposed new HS2 link between London and Birmingham is not necessary, more opponents say.

Man stabbed during street fight

A 19-year-old man was treated for knife wounds after being attacked in Washwood Heath.

National Headlines

Review to recommend NHS changes
An independent review of the government’s planned shake-up of the NHS in England is expected to recommend significant changes.

Families of missing seek support

The government is being urged to improve support for the families of people who go missing, as a parliamentary inquiry into the issue starts.

Plea for £2.3bn to fund vaccines

Countries meeting in London are to be asked to pledge £2.3bn ($3.7bn) by 2015 to fund vaccines that campaigners say could save 4m young lives.

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