Media Watch – March 1

By on 01/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

One in four miss out on school choice (Birmingham Mail) One in four Birmingham children missed out on their first choice secondary school in the annual scramble for places. his year the number of parent/carers who have been offered their first preferred school has risen to 73.6%, an increase of over 5% on last year. Almost 95% of parent/carers have been offered one of their preferred schools.

Plot property (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at an auction of former local authority properties, including Birmingham City Council buildings.

City rules out bid for culture title (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has ruled out making another bid to gain city of culture status – because it can’t afford the expense.

Loan shark suspect, 22, is arrested (Birmingham Mail) A suspected loan shark has been arrested following a raid at a house in Birmingham.

The end of local government? (LGA Cllr for Councillors) Sir Albert Bore says the dramatic statement about the end of local government has not been dramatic rhetoric simply for the sake of a headline – he thinks we are in uncharted territory for local government.

Moodys downgrades five UK councils’ credit ratings (Municipal Journal) Five local authorities (including Birmingham City Council) have seen their credit ratings downgraded by Moody’s following the agency’s decision to alter the UK gilts to AA1.

I’m backing Brum says Osborne (Municipal Journal) The chairman of the largest local enterprise partnership (LAP) in the country has offered the Government help to develop a new funding model.

Birmingham 2014 Conservative win (Conference News) Birmingham has been confirmed as the host city for the Conservative Party’s autumn conference in 2014.

Regional Headlines

Fire-hit family firm in rebuild
A Wolverhampton builders merchants hopes its site will be fully rebuilt by the end of the year, following a fire 12 months ago.

Six charged over prisoner van escape
Six men are charged over the escape of a man from Tipton from a prison van that was ambushed on its way to court.

National Headlines

Lib Dems win Eastleigh by-election
The Liberal Democrats hold on to the Hampshire seat of Eastleigh, with the UK Independence Party pushing the Conservatives into third place.

MPs want undercover policing reforms
Abuses linked to undercover police work show that an urgent review of the legislation is needed, an MPs’ committee says.

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