Media Watch – May 27

By on 27/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council faces legal bill for defending cuts (The Times) A city council is facing a legal bill of at least £600,000 after its proposals to cut services for disabled cuts were declared unlawful.

Pledge on cash crisis OAP homes (Birmingham Mail)
Council bosses have moved to calm fears over the future of more than 400 people living in Birmingham care homes owned by Souther Cross.

Making community asset transfer work (Guardian)
A year ago it would have been pointless painting a mural on the wall of Hutton Hall; it would have been covered in graffiti within a day. But after the building was transferred to community group Comm:pact by Birmingham city council in April, youngsters treat it - and its new exterior artwork - with pride.

Weoley Castle facelift up for award (BBC WM)
Curator Jane McArdle interviewed.

£13.5m YMCA home to aid youngsters (Birmingham Mail)
The £13.5 million redevelopment of a Birmingham YMCA centre – a partnership between Mercian Housing Association, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham YMCA -  has been officially completed.

A mayor’s best friend (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s new Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward met puppies from the West Midlands Police Dog Training Unit ahead of the Lord Mayor’s Show on Bank Holiday Monday.

Adult care budgets may be illegal (Community Care, Municipal Journal)
Many councils could have their adult care budgets ruled illegal on the back of a High Court judgement concerning Birmingham City Council last week.

Local authorities square up over business rate sharing (Public Finance, Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council is one of a number of councils arguing authorities should retain the bulk of their business rates.

Regional Headlines

People rescued during flat fire
Three people are rescued from balconies during a flat fire in the early hours in the Bilston area of the West Midlands.

Borough submits city status bid

A bid which will turn the borough of Dudley into a city, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has been submitted.

Council decides on minority rule

The Conservatives on Walsall Council are opting for minority rule after local elections leave no party in overall control.

National Headlines

UK Apaches to join Libya mission
The UK is to send four Apache attack helicopters to join the mission in Libya, amid intelligence suggesting Col Muammar Gaddafi is “on the run”.

Measles outbreak prompts jab plea

Health experts are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, after a tenfold rise in cases in England and Wales.

Priority plan for poorest pupils

Academies and free schools in England could give priority to the poorest pupils when allocating places, under a new admissions code.

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