Media Watch – March 22

By on 22/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillors agree 10% pay cut (BBC, Birmingham Post) Senior Birmingham City councillors accept a recommended 10% pay cut to reflect the “current difficult economic climate”.

£10m spent on speeding broadband up in the city (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s digital economy is set to benefit from the Chancellor’s announcement of £10m funding for ‘ultra fast’ broadband.

Reassured Whitby hints at entering race (Birmingham Post) Council leader Mike Whitby has dropped his strongest indication yet that he is going to put himself forward as a candidate for Birmingham’s first elected mayor.

Council held to account for ‘concealing’ financial mess (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council over valued its assets by £1.2 billion and double counted Private Finance Initiative payments in a set of accounts only just signed off by official auditors.

Date set for library opening (Birmingham Post) The opening date for the new £188.8 million Library of Birmingham has been revealed.

Paradise Circus design ‘appalling’ – heritage watchdogs (Birmingham Post) Heritage watchdogs have poured scorn on the long awaited proposals to replace the Central Library and completely redevelop Paradise Circus.

Renewed appeal for ‘tombstone’ building’s burial (Birmingham Post) The developer behind a £50 million plan to build student accommodation on the site of Birmingham’s former Central Fire Station has pulled out of a similar project in Portsmouth – reigniting the Aston ‘tombstone’ row.

£500k council deal is given to city-based charity group (Birmingham Post) More than half a million pounds has been secured by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to safeguard the city’s charity and community groups.

Firm’s top honour (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s call centre and IT contractor has scooped a business commendation for improvement.

Inquiry into future of markets promised (Birmingham Post) The council will launch a full inquiry into the future of the Wholesale Markets after more than 20,000 people signed petitions in support.

Bar holds on to licence after mass brawl (Birmingham Post) A Broad Street bar that was the scene of a mass brawl allegedly involving the founder of rap outfit So Solid Crew has been allowed to keep its licence.

Cabs caught out in safety snare (Birmingham Mail) Private hire drivers are laughing at the law by picking up passengers who have not prebooked, an undercover Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police investigation has revealed.

Boozy yobs given their marching orders (Birmingham Mail) Street drinkers and aggressive beggars plaguing a leafy Birmingham suburb could be jailed in a tough new crackdown.

Hoard images display (Birmingham Mail) New images of the world famous Staffordshire Hoard are going on display with a special online question and answer session with experts.

‘Big society’ can make a big impact on neighbourhood regeneration (Guardian) Birmingham council’s strategic director for housing (Elaine Elkington) explains how collaborative community efforts can improve deprived areas

Mother’s pride (Birmingham Mail) It was a family affair for Birmingham’s Lord Mayor as she bestowed the freedom of the city on 3,000 soldiers – including her own son.

Riots report poems spark ‘deep anger’ (Birmingham Post, Birmingham  Mail) An official report into riots which led to the deaths of three people in Birmingham has been condemned by an MP (Khalid Mahmood).

Regional Headlines

Jaguar agrees China joint venture
Jaguar Land Rover and Chery Automobile agree a joint venture that should pave the way for production of Jaguar and Land Rover models in China.

Birmingham hit-and-run crash: Mother and daughter injured
Four men fled the scene of a road crash which left a woman and her 15-year-old daughter lying injured on the road.

National Headlines

Row over tax ‘raid’ on pensioners
The government defend plans in the Budget to change tax allowances for the elderly, amid claims they amount to a raid on pensioners’ incomes.

Freed UK hostage set to fly home
A woman kidnapped from a remote beach resort in Kenya and held hostage in Somalia for more than six months is preparing to return home to Britain.

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