Media Watch – Nov 10

By on 10/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Vital escort service not being privatised (Birmingham Mail) A council-run escort service to take vulnerable children on accompanied contact meetings with parents is not being privatised according to Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Cllr Les Lawrence.

True grit…now bring on winter (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at the region’s preparations for the icy months ahead. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5746

Contractors back legion (Birmingham Mail) Contractors working in partnership with the city council are helping Birmingham British Legion raise £1 million for injured servicemen.

£1.8 million lifeline for Birmingham retailers puts Birmingham City Council team in running for award (midlandsbusinessnews) Birmingham City Council’s Business Development Team is in the running for a regional award after it secured £1.8 million of funding to set up the Retail Development Programme.

Big city in fine detail (Birmingham Mail) Midland business and civic leaders received the latest insight into plans for Birmingham with the Big City Plan and Business Birmingham at the ‘Breakfast by Burntwood’ seminar.

Don't buy into the criticism (Inside Housing) The right to buy scheme has received a lot of bad press but despite its drawbacks there are strong arguments to retain it, argues Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines

Making way for the new Kings Heath square (AboutMyArea) Two more pieces of the Kings Heath town square jigsaw have been slotted into place by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Husband jailed for wife’s metal bar murder
A man has been jailed for life for murdering his estranged wife by hitting her with a weightlifting bar. Imran Iqbal, 27, of Netherton, in the West Midlands, hit Yasmin Akhtar, 24, several times to the head with the bar at her home in November 2009.

Birmingham Mailbox canal body still to be identified
The canal was closed for four hours while forensic investigators searched for clues The body of a man found in a canal in Birmingham is still to be identified, police said.

National Headlines

Admirals urge rethink on Harrier and Ark Royal cuts
A group of former Royal Navy admirals have called for the decision to scrap the aircraft carrier Ark Royal and the fleet of Harrier jets to be reversed.

David Cameron urges China to embrace democracy
David Cameron has called for closer trading ties between Britain and China – but said the UK still had “deeply-held concerns” over human rights.

Students to march against tuition fee rise
Thousands of students and lecturers are expected to march in London over plans to almost treble tuition fees in England to £9,000 per year.

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