Media Watch – March 17

By on 17/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Homes for ex-service personnel built in Birmingham (BBC Midlands Today, Central ITV, BBC WM, BBC news online, Daily Telegraph, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Family homes exclusively for ex-service personnel are set to be built in Birmingham, the city council has announced. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/birmingham-to-build-homes-for-heroes/

Council pressurised Lunar Society to stop Adonis speech (Birmingham Post) Deputy city council leader Paul Tilsley is at the centre of a bitter censorship row after he attempted to prevent a former Government minister from delivering a highly critical speech blasting Birmingham as a city with weak leadership facing a bleak future.

Step into the Big Society – just fill in a 145-page form (Birmingham Post) Doubts about the ability of voluntary organisations to bale out cash strapped local authorities by delivering public services were further reinforced after Birmingham City Council unveiled a 145-page application form which groups will have to wade through in future  if they want to apply for cash grants.

Has Birmingham got much to shout about in Cannes? (Birmingham Post) Article looking at the value of sending delegations to the Mipim property fair.

‘Inadequate’ school warned to improve (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham school (Moseley School) has been ordered to improve following a damning report by education watchdog Ofsted.

‘Draconian’ penalties for not declaring interests (Birmingham Post) Plans to make councillors guilty of a criminal offence if they do not declare outside financial interests have been described as ‘unduly draconian’ by Birmingham City Council.

Now councillors put failing call centre’s managers on the spot (Birmingham Post) Managers operating Birmingham City Council’s call centre are to be quizzed over its poor performance.

Councillors urged to freeze pay (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 120 city councillors are facing a pay freeze for the second year running.

Probe launched into Whitby hotel stays (Birmingham Mail) An official watchdog has been asked to investigate the Tory leader of Birmingham City Council after he used taxpayers’ money to pay for a hotel suite at two Conservative Party conferences.

Trust joy at U-turn on house (Birmingham Mail) A community campaign to seize control of their derelict former library has been boosted by the decision to withdraw the building from an auction.

Regional Headlines

World War II hand grenades found in garden made safe
Two hand grenades which are believed to be from World War II have been made safe after they were found in the back garden of a house in Birmingham.

Heartlands Hospital in £7m brain damaged boy pay-out
The family of a boy who suffered severe brain damage due to hospital failures have received a £7m settlement.

National Headlines

FCO advises Britons to ‘leave Bahrain today’
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has urged Britons to leave Bahrain on Thursday, as violence and protests continue.

Britons in Japan offered flights to Hong Kong
The government is chartering planes to fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong to help Britons who want to leave Japan.

Graduates ‘could pay back double their student loans’
Some graduates could end up paying back double their original student loans under the new fees system in England.

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