Media Watch – May 10

By on 10/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council demands check on its £1bn IT contract (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s £1billion contract with its IT and call centre provider will be put in the spotlight for an independent health check.

Brum braced for Olympic fever (Birmingham Mail) Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay will have the best starting point for Olympic success by warming up in Birmingham, a chief organiser of the Games has said.

Concert will be golden (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Jamaica’s Olympic stars will be among the crowds at a Birmingham pop concert marking the Caribbean country’s 50 years of independence.

Slap-up tea scrapped by council (Birmingham Mail) City councillors will no longer be given a slap-up monthly dinner at the taxpayers’ expense under plans unveiled by the new ruling Labour group.

Bore’s clean slate could mean more city powers (Birmingham Post) A major overhaul of the city council’s leadership and Cabinet structure ‘won’t do any harm’ to Birmingham’s bid for greater powers under the City Deal initiative, the new leader has claimed.

Triumph and tragedy of eight years at the helm (Birmingham Post) Feature looking at Cllr Mike Whitby’s eight years as leader of Birmingham City Council.

Lord Mayor in graffiti clean-up (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Lord Mayor Anita Ward got her hands dirty when she tackled graffiti in Birmingham.

Dream of elected ‘metro mayor’ for region lives on in Whitehall (Birmingham Post) Birmingham could still have a directly elected mayor, either to run the city or as a ‘metro mayor’ with responsibility for the region, ministers have insisted.

Regional Headlines

Hospital admits negligence case
A Birmingham-based composer who was left needing a wheelchair wins his negligence case against a West Midlands hospital.

Homeless complex prepares to open
A new £10m apartment complex for homeless people in Birmingham is preparing to open.

National Headlines

Strike in public pensions dispute
Up to 400,000 public sector workers are expected to join a 24-hour strike in a dispute with the government over proposed changes to their pensions.

Chronic disease: NHS ‘can’t cope’
The UK’s health system needs “radical change” to cope with the rising number of people with chronic conditions, especially in deprived areas, says a report by medical experts.

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