Media Watch – Mar 6

By on 06/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

NEC up for sale (Extensive local and national media coverage) The council has announced that it intends to sell the NEC Group to secure the fresh investment needed to ensure the organisation can grow, remain competitive in the 21st Century, and to help fund the council's future capital commitments. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Adoption figures (BBC WM) News bulletin item claims 200 children are in the care of the city council waiting to be adopted.

Birmingham Day reveals united front across region (Birmingham Post) Civic leaders say that the “long-running rivalry” between Birmingham and the Black Country has come to an end. Comments made during a Birmingham Day event at the House of Commons. The city council's three group leaders were in attendance.

Leader's 'radical plan' for region as cuts approved (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of the council's 2014/15 budget, approved at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. Focus on comments made by Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, relating to his view that West Midlands councils should combine budgets for major projects to boost the region. Conservative Deputy Leader Cllr Robert Alden and Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley also quoted on their alternative budget plans.

£15m green scheme set to create 275 jobs (Birmingham Post) Article on Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted as saying this will make a “huge difference” to the local and regional economy.

Work begins on £6m canal cycle project (Birmingham Post) The Canal & River Trust is starting work on the first element of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution plan, as announced by the council last year. Cllr James McKay quoted in support of the work.

NHS records sharing 'may save lives of abused kids' (Birmingham Post) Sarah Jane Marsh, chief executive at Birmingham Children's Hospital says information sharing could help save the lives of children - adding that data protection is being put ahead of patient safety. During a speech at a recent exhibition, she made direct reference to the death of Keanu Williams in Birmingham.

Bus lanes compromise (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) City transport bosses are understood to be set to offer a compromise deal for motorists caught by 'misleading' city centre bus lane cameras, it is claimed.

Cost of ending Service Birmingham contract 'must be made public' (Birmingham Post) Cllr John Clancy and community campaigner Desmond Jaddoo have both said they feel the cost of terminating the SB deal should not have been redacted when the contract was published by the council last week. The details were removed to protect the commercial interests of the council and its contractors.

Let's get our kids reading (Birmingham Mail) The newspaper has joined forces with children's reading charity Beanstalk, the council's Adult Education Service and the Library of Birmingham to launch the “Born and Read” campaign to boost literacy levels after it emerged one in five children are leaving city primary schools unable to read properly.

Regional Headlines

West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey has said he thinks the business rates system is not fit for purpose.

85 posts are at risk at Solihull Council as the authority bids to save £2.5million.

National Headlines

EU leaders are to begin an emergency summit to decide how strongly they should respond to Russia’s troop deployment in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

The Libyan government says former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in custody in Tripoli.

Plans to cut soldiers could leave the Army “short of personnel” and unable to meet future national security needs, a report by MPs has warned.



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