Media Watch – March 3

By on 03/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham LEP has more authority as pair sign up (Birmingham Post) The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is to be one of the largest in the country after two more local authorities signed-up as members.

Sport for all scheme saved by £2.5 million deal (BBC Radio WM, BRMB, PA Newswire, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s award winning Be Active scheme – which offers free gym and swimming sessions to all city residents – has been extended following a £2.5 million cash injection. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/be-active-scheme-to-continue-in-birmingham/

Case of disabled woman halts cuts to adult social care (Birmingham Post) The family of a disabled woman has forced Birmingham City Council to postpone cuts to its adult social care budget after claiming it had ignored the needs of patients.

Growing mistrust between Whitehall and council (Birmingham Post) Report claiming the relationship between Birmingham City Council and Whitehall is becoming increasingly strained.

Lowest paid will be hardest hit as council digs in on cuts (Birmingham Post) Almost 5,500 Birmingham City Council staff could see their pay packets cut by up to 20 per cent when changes to employment contracts are imposed.

Ensuring fair’s fair in the rush for school places (Birmingham Post) Article focussing on Birmingham City Council’s Head of School Admissions and Appeals Julie Newbold.

Councillor goes after Twitter row (Birmingham Post) The Tory councillor who was suspended after calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death in an ill-conceived joke on social networking site Twitter is to stand down.

Cameron stands by city cuts (Birmingham Mail) David Cameron has defended Birmingham City Council’s decision to slash public services by £212 million.

Absent councillor misses budget (Birmingham Mail) An absent city councillor who has claimed his £16,000-a-year allowance despite leaving Birmingham last summer failed to show up for the council’s landmark budget meeting this week.

Venue ‘not safe to open’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham licensing chiefs temporarily shut down the Hakuna Matata nightclub after hearing that drugs, a gun and knives were found during a police raid.

Regional Headlines

City taxpayers and firms to foot part of £44bn high speed link (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s employers and council tax payers face massive bills after the Government revealed they will have to help pay for the £44 billion high speed rail line.

Two men held over woman’s death in Handsworth
Two men have been arrested after a teenager’s body was found at a property in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Rupert Murdoch BSkyB takeover gets government go ahead
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been given government approval for its controversial takeover of BSkyB.

Vocational education not good enough, says Wolf report
Too many young people are doing vocational courses which boost league tables but do not lead to university or a job, a report says.

NHS plan could stifle hospital reform, says King’s Fund
Government plans to give more power over NHS decision making in England to GPs could make much-needed hospital reform difficult, a think tank says.

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