Media Watch – March 29

By on 29/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby finally on board as PM announces ‘cabinet of mayors’ (Birmingham Post) David Cameron has pledged to give Birmingham a seat at the heart of Government – but only if it chooses to create a directly-elected mayor.

Grand hotel restoration win praise from council (Birmingham Post) Proposals to restore Birmingham’s historic Grand Hotel seem set for a smooth ride through the planning process after receiving the unanimous backing of city councillors.

Bid to stop Labour man’s election bid withdrawn (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A bid by five Labour Party members to stop a former Lord Mayor of Birmingham (Mahmood Hussain) standing for election amid question marks over his selection was withdrawn three days into a County Court hearing.

Da Vinci exhibition gives city a £2m boost (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s economy has received a £2 million boost from an exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, city leaders have said.

Agency staff offered jobs to help cut refuse bill by £7m (Birmingham Post) City Council officials are set to offer more than 300 agency and temporary Birmingham binmen full-time jobs as part of an efficiency drive aimed at cutting the council’s refuse collection bill by £7 million.

Equal pay ‘forced city to contract out elderly care’ (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham City Council was forced to contract out care for the elderly to the private sector due to the rising staff costs under equal pay legislation, it has been claimed.

‘Extra £141m’ to tackle city’s problem families (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council could receive an extra £14 million from the government – by tackling the city’s 4,000 problem families.

Birmingham’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations go back to the 1950s (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham will be awash with fifties nostalgia during a four day celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

City on the go (PPP Journal) Birmingham offers a blueprint for highway management projects, says Cabinet Member for Transport and Regeneration Timothy Huxtable.

Regional Headlines

Police ‘want a right to strike’
Representatives from police forces across the West Midlands region will discuss the future of policing at a meeting, including the right to strike.

Protest against Indian execution
About 1,000 people protest in Birmingham against an execution originally scheduled to take place in India on Saturday.

National Headlines

Youth guilty of Florida murders
A 17-year-old boy is jailed for life without parole in the US after being found guilty of shooting dead two British tourists in Florida last April.

Jerrycan fuel advice ‘a mistake’
The government made a mistake in advising people to store petrol in jerrycans to prepare for a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers, a minister says.

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