Media Watch May 10

By on 10/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Blind woman 'turned away by taxi driver' (Birmingham Mail) A taxi driver has appeared in court accused of refusing to carry a blind woman in his car because she had a guide dog.   A complaint was made to BCC and the private hire driver was charged with breaching the Equality Act 2010.
 
Challenge for Labour leader (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's Labour leader Sir Albert Bore is expected to see off the eighth challenge of his 14-year reign when councillors meet tomorrow morning.

Troubled High Street pub is closed for good (Birmingham Mail) A pub plagued by yob behaviour has been shut down for good.  Enterprise Inns has been denied permission to reopen The Hairy Lemon in Erdington High Street by BCC's licensing sub-committee.  Quotes Cllrs Robert Alden and Majid Mahmood.

Booze and sex ban extended (Birmingham Mail) An injunction that has banned begging, public sex and street drinking in Moseley Village for the last year has been extended for another 16 months.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

Warning on future of our 'garden city' (Birmingham Mail) The face of Birmingham's green 'garden suburbs' could be changed forever by plans to build thousands of new homes, city Tories have warned. Quotes Cllr Robert Alden.

Loco restorers on track after £100,000 grant (Birmingham Mail) A city firm which restores historic locomotives and runs steam trains on the UK rail network is chuffed after scooping a £100,000 grant.  ERDF grant came through BCC's Tyseley Property Assistance Programme grant scheme.

Council Agrees Scheme to Recognise Good Landlords (Build.co.uk) Birmingham landlords who flout the laws on shared housing face tougher penalties after the city council agreed a new scheme to recognise good landlords.

Birmingham rocked by huge demand for rent help as welfare cuts bite (24 Dash, Inside Housing) Birmingham rocked by huge demand for rent help as welfare cuts bite.  BCC recorded a huge increase in the number of people seeking help to pay their rent in the first two weeks after government welfare reforms came into effect. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Big rise in council staff who earn more than the PM (Central ITV News, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) The number of town hall officials paid more than the Prime Minister has increased by a quarter in the past three years figures, figures show.  Says number of staff earning more that £100k at BCC has doubled to 24 in the past year.  (In fact the figure includes eight schools staff in an organisation which employs over 40,000.  Pay packages can include redundancy payments, therefore figures being reported do not always relate to basic pay. – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/05/senior-officer-pay-201112/ )
City Symbiosis (CIWM - Waste Management) Dr Jacqueline Homan, sustainability and science city manager for Birmingham City Council discusses the future sustainability of Birmingham city and why 'industrial symbiosis' may play its part.

On track to increase youth employment (The Municipal Journal) BCC has been relatively successful over the last 20 years at securing or creating new jobs within the city.  Article looks at challenge to Cllr Tahir Ali in addressing youth unemployment.

Cable favours City Deals (The Municipal Journal) Business secretary Vince Cable has distance himself from local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) saying he prefers City Deals because local authorities are more accountable. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.  

Authority urged to sell its stake in NEC (The Municipal Journal) A Birmingham city councillor has called for the local authority to sell its stake in the National exhibition Centre and cut the amount it pays to contractors.   Quotes Cllr John Clancy.

Regional Headlines:

Small Heath mosque death: £10,000 reward offered for information over the murder of a man on his way home from a Birmingham mosque.

Killing charge over Carole Mudie doorstep death who died two weeks after having her handbag snatched on her doorstep.

Riots peacemaker Tariq Jahan makes Syria appeal after joining an aid mission to the country.

National Headlines:

Tributes for Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson, killed in training accident.

Jimmy Savile ‘not protected’ from arrest, West Yorkshire Police say.

Abu Qatada ‘would return to Jordan’ if the Jordanian government ratifies a treaty drawn up with the UK government, a court has heard.

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