Media Watch – June 8

By on 08/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£1m bid for new home for Hoard (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham The World Famous Staffordshire Hoard could be shown off in a new £1 million state-of-the-art exhibition in Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery if a new Lottery bid is approved.

Car parking permit ‘tax hike’ anger (Birmingham Mail) Jewellery Quarter residents are paying a ‘backdoor’ tax increase after being forced to pay £195 for a parking permit, it has been claimed.

Councils to tap into £10bn through Big Society Bank (Guardian) Birmingham’s Be Active scheme featured in an article looking at how the government’s new Big Society Bank could provide a new source of funding for councils.

Feast at city of a thousand flavours (Birmingham Mail) The city of a thousand trades will become the city of a thousand flavours when the International Food Fair returns to Birmingham this week.

BMX champ launched track (Birmingham Mail) BMX world champion Shanaze Reade will present a master class on riding at the launch of a cycling track in Birmingham.

Now we’re really plumbing the depths (Birmingham Mail) A huge network of tanks that can hold 13 million gallons of rain water have been sunk beneath the city centre to protect Birmingham from flooding.

Birmingham ‘continental leader’ in IT literacy ( Birmingham City Council’s efforts to bridge the digital divide and improve IT literacy for people of all ages, have been recognised in Europe, after their Keeping IT in the Family scheme was announced the winner of a European Award of Excellence.

Pool name is making waves (Birmingham Mail) Row over the naming of Harborne’s new £12 million swimming pool.

Jobs to India wrong – boss (Birmingham Mail) A Black Country accountancy firm has criticised Service Birmingham’s decision to offshore a small number of jobs to India.

In conversation with… (Professional Social Work) Feature highlighting the work of Birmingham City Council’s Director of Adult Social Services Peter Hay – new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

Regional Headlines

Nursery worker admits child rape
A nursery worker in Birmingham pleads guilty to the rape of a toddler and 45 other offences involving internet grooming.

Murder inquiry police arrest men
Two Bilston are arrested by police investigating the murder of a Staffordshire man.

Care home staff members suspended
Three members of staff at a Wolverhampton care home are suspended over an allegation of mistreating a resident.

National Headlines

Elderly ‘cut food to buy heating’
The poorest pensioner households cut their food spending during very cold spells of weather to cover the cost of heating, a report says.

Sentencing plans ‘may be shelved’
The government is thought to be reconsidering its controversial plans to reform sentencing in England and Wales.

Crime agency plan to be outlined
Details explaining how the proposed National Crime Agency will operate are set to be outlined by the Home Office later.

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