Media Watch – June 2

By on 02/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Jobs to be offshored (BBC, Mirror) Reports that a number of Service Birmingham jobs may be offshored.

Half marathon joins elite events on world stage (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
Plans have been unveiled to turn Birmingham’s half marathon into one of the greatest running events in the country, bringing in millions of pounds to the region.

‘Unjust and unfair': Would-be academies could leave council with huge costs (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council could be forced to foot the bill for job cuts at schools switching to academies, the authority’s education chief (Cllr Les Lawrence) has warned.

Store wars as retailers renew battle for prime city location (Birmingham Post) A battle between rival Birmingham city centre superstore developments could be settled next week when the planning committee meets to consider one of the proposals.

Warning as scam bank callers target residents (Birmingham Mail) City residents are being warned not to give bank account and other personal details to fraudsters claiming to be from the council.

Top honour for veteran councillor (Birmingham Mail)
Britain’s longest serving councillor (Peter Hollingworth), who stepped down after 51 years last month, is being lined up to receive a top civic honour not awarded to anyone for almost 15 years.

Mayoral race will be good for city, says Zissman (Birmingham Post)
A former city Conservative group leader and successful businessman has thrown his weight behind the campaign for an elected mayor in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council sponsors event organised by pro-cuts think tank (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham City Council has been accused of spending £7,500 of taxpayers' money on a conference to promote Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and his cuts agenda.

Developer hits back over ‘garden grabbing’ refusal (Birmingham Post) A developer has hit back at city centre planners after being refused permission to build three large detached houses on suburb gardens in the city.

There’s artistry inside and out at award winning mac (Birmingham Post) A multi-million pound scheme (co-funded by Birmingham City Council) to transform a Midland arts centre (mac) has won two prestigious awards from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Regional Headlines

Houllier steps down as Villa boss
Aston Villa confirm the departure of Gerard Houllier as manager after only nine months in charge of the club.

Work to remove cameras complete

Cameras installed in part of Birmingham paid for out of a terrorism fund are taken down, police say.

National Headlines

Asylum seeker ‘amnesty’ condemned
So many asylum seekers have been given leave to remain in the UK that it effectively “amounts to an amnesty”, a committee of MPs says.

Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

Parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the UK economy, says a major report that could change planning policy.

NHS reforms may change – Lansley
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says he is ready to accept “substantial and significant” alterations to plans for changes in the NHS in England.

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