Media Watch – March 30

By on 30/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Extra debt’ threat to housing reform (Local Government Chronicle) Housing experts have raised the alarm over an obscure part of last week’s budget that appears to threaten council’s borrowing plans. Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes quoted.

Songs of innocence and experience (Times Higher Education Supplement) Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Children’s Lives exhibition.

Ten areas sign up for PMs ‘Troubled families’ scheme (Municipal Journal) Ten local authorities with the largest number of troubled families (including Birmingham City Council) have signed up to the Government’s payment-by-results scheme, in a bid to boost the initiative launched by the Prime Minister last December.

Liam Byrne to run for mayor of Birmingham (Independent, Guardian, Sun, Financial Times, Times, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail, BBC) Liam Byrne, the Labour Shadow Cabinet minister responsible for drawing up the party’s policies for the next election is to step down from Westminster politics in an attempt to become the first directly elected mayor of Birmingham.

Council trim grass cutting budgets (Birmingham Mail) Council chiefs have defended cutting back on grass cutting in parks, open spaces, golf courses and roadside verges in a bid to save more than £1 million.

Moseley Road Pool to open (Birmingham Mail) A historic Birmingham swimming pool (Moseley Road Baths) is said to be on course for welcoming back swimmers after closing for 15 months.

Backing for new Grand scheme (Birmingham Mail) Plans to restore Birmingham’s historic Grand Hotel have received the unanimous backing of city councillors.

Working lives: supporting a cabinet member in Birmingham (Guardian) Birmingham City Council’s Ashley Innis writes: What does a cabinet support officer do? From linking elected members to their local community to drafting briefings and creating a blogsite, it’s a challenging and busy role.

Regional Headlines

iTunes gang’s ‘Madonna-level’ pay
Gang members from Wolverhampton and Birmingham are jailed for cheating iTunes and Amazon out of royalties of the level usually associated with acts like Madonna.

Birmingham Airport immigration failure delays
An electrical fault which shut down immigration control systems at Birmingham Airport caused delays for hundreds of passengers.

National Headlines

Galloway takes seat from Labour
Respect’s George Galloway wins the Bradford West by-election, taking the seat from Labour by 10,100 votes in what he calls a “sensational victory”.

Demand up 172%, says petrol group
Demand for petrol rose 172% on Thursday amid fears of a fuel tanker drivers’ strike, while diesel was up 77%, says independent retailers’ group RMI Petrol.

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