Media Watch – June 24

By on 24/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Parents’ victory as school plan on hold (Birmingham Post) Parents are celebrating after a Birmingham school (Kings Heath Primary) was taken off a potential expansion list – for the time being.

Culture posters hailed (Birmingham Mail) Culture Minister Ed Vaizey  has backed Birmingham’s ‘entrepreneurial’ poster campaign promoting its City of Culture bid.

Plan for new red routes is canned (Birmingham Post) Moves to introduce more zero-tolerance parking bans on Birmingham’s main roads have been dropped.

Council’s take on AWM role as Osborne wields axe (Birmingham Post) George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy.

Brum’s £55k spin doctor slammed (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A City Council funded promotions body – created to boost Birmingham’s image – is snubbing the government’s austerity message to appoint a £55,000-a-year spin doctor.

Staff warned to cut foreign trips (Birmingham Mail) Education officials have been warned to curb their globe trotting  – after three spent £5,300 on a five-day trip to the USA.

Police: ‘Secret’ CCTV was to fight crime (Birmingham Mail) A police chief has denied that a network of ‘secret’ CCTV cameras in Birmingham were anything to do with terrorism but were intended to slash crime.

Loan sharks battle (Birmingham Mail) More than 95 per cent of loan shark victims have vowed never to use illegal lenders again according to research from Birmingham City Council’s Illegal Money Lending Team.

Irish Quarter project ‘could be salvaged’ (Birmingham Post) Businesses and residents in Birmingham’s Irish Quarter are desperately hoping funding will be found to convert a convert a derelict patch of Digbeth into a £150 million apartment and hotel complex.

Delight as government press on with New Street development (BBC WM, BRMB)

Regional Headlines

Child’s lighter play causes fire in Smethwick
A West Midlands house was damaged after a child playing with a lighter caused a blaze, the fire service said.

Pelsall garden searched for human remains
A property in the West Midlands has been sealed off after police were given information about possible human remains buried in the garden.

Magistrates’ courts face closure in England and Wales
Magistrates courts: Cornerstone of local justice The Ministry of Justice is planning to close 103 magistrates’ courts in England and Wales.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the World Cup.

Pension age: Ministers to speed up rise to 66
The government is to speed up plans to raise the state pension age for men to 66, possibly by as early as 2016.

Ministers ask public sector staff to suggest savings
Ministers are asking nurses, police officers and other public sector workers to suggest ideas for “fair and responsible” savings as it launches a consultation on cuts.

‘Unacceptable’ delays for sex offender treatment
Waiting lists for sex offenders to get treatment in England and Wales are unacceptably long, a report has said.

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