Media Watch – May 20

By on 20/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of High Court ruling regarding the provision of care for disabled people (BBC, ITV, Sky News, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Birmingham Mail)

Care home design not up to scratch (Birmingham Mail) A developer has been refused planning permission for an old folks’ home for a second time because of its ‘unsuitable’ designs.

Hospitals may shed 700 beds (Birmingham Mail) Health bosses could axe more than 700 hospital beds in Birmingham and Solihull to save money. The true scale of the cuts emerged at a Birmingham health scrutiny committee meeting.

Details emerge of plans to allow councils to retain business rates (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes quoted in article looking at the local government resource review, which could lead to radical changes in the way local authorities are funded.

Recount on missing box election (Birmingham Mail) A recount of a Birmingham election result has taken place to ensure no votes were missed after a ballot box went missing.

New row on £414k to council advisers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council paid a consultant almost £800-a-day for advice on helping children with learning difficulties and behaviour problems.

Vince Cable in Birmingham to launch £2.5bn Business Growth Fund (Birmingham Post) Business secretary Vince Cable and senior figures from the world of banking have visited Birmingham to launch a new £2.5 billion investment fund. Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said the fund was good news for the city's businesses.

Regional Headlines

Elvis impersonator sentenced for guitarist’s son attack
An Elvis impersonator who attacked the son of the real star’s guitarist at a tribute act convention in Birmingham has been given a suspended sentence.

Midlands Air Ambulance marks 20th birthday
A helicopter will land at a rugby union stadium when Midlands Air Ambulance holds its 20th anniversary ball.

National Headlines

Media concession expected in injunction report
A report by a top judge is likely to recommend the media are allowed into court when injunctions and so-called super-injunctions are being sought.

London 2012: One million bid for Olympics 100m tickets
London 2012 organisers have received more than one million requests for tickets for the Olympic men’s 100 metres final.

Armed forces ‘face vehicle shortages until 2025′
British forces will face “significant shortages” of armoured vehicles until 2025 unless extra investment is found, a public spending watchdog has warned.

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