Media Watch – Nov 11

By on 11/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New library will be at ‘heart of Birmingham’ (Birmingham Post) The architect behind the fast emerging Library of Birmingham hopes that when complete it will act as a social hub transformintg Centenary Square into ‘the new heart of Birmingham’.

Indian entrepreneurs visit city for trade talks (Birmingham Post) Representatives from up to 100 Indian SMEs have travelled to Birmingham as part of the return leg of David Cameron’s summer trade mission to India. Birmingham City Council is hosting the event in conjunction with India’s High Commission.

Funding cut fear for digital group (Birmingham Post) An organisation that has provided more than 30,000 free computers to children from low income families in Birmingham (Digital Birmingham) is facing an uncertain future over fears it will fall victim to public spending cuts.

Twitter ‘stoning’ jibe from Conservative councillor to be reported to police (Guardian) Columnist Yasmin Alibhai Brown to complain to the police about a Twitter comment by Birmingham City councillor Gareth Compton.

Cash lifeline for city elderly care (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is to receive additional funds to cope with its fast growing elderly population, despite the unprecedented scale of public spending cuts, it has emerged.

Council feels strain of rise in homeless (Birmingham Post) Almost 800 families remain in bed and breakfast and other temporary accommodation in Birmingham as the city council battles to cope with a sharp increase in the number of people declaring themselves homeless.

Birmingham City Council inquiry calls for more allotments in city (Birmingham Mail) The redevelopment of the derelict Selly Oak Hospital should include allotments, according to a major inquiry by city councillors.

Inquiry looks at developing inner city cricket clubs in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Council and school owned cricket pitches could be loaned to inner-city communities to help them set up clubs following an inquiry into the summer sport’s grassroots in Birmingham.

Plans lodged to spice up Bullring with new restaurants (Birmingham Post) Plans for an extension to the Bullring in Birmingham aimed at attracting new restaurants to the shopping centre have been submitted to city planners.

Firms scrap for council deals (Birmingham Post) Scores of firms have expressed an interest in bidding for a lucrative five-year contract to carry out building work for West Midlands councils. Almost 200 representatives attended an industry open day organised by Birmingham City Council.

Government drops hi-tech anti-fraud programme (Birmingham Post) A computer programme trialled by Birmingham City Council’s housing department which was supposed to detect potential benefit fiddlers has been dropped by the Government.

Reducing overcrowding by providing large family homes in Sparkbrook (24dash.com) Renovation and refurbishment projects can be just as effective as building new homes and play an important role in providing much needed social housing, as Friendship Care and Housing's (Friendship's) partnership work with Birmingham City Council has shown.

Regional Headlines

Banaz Mahmod ‘honour’ killing cousins jailed for life
Two cousins who murdered a relative because her family disapproved of her boyfriend have been jailed for life. Banaz Mahmod, 20, an Iraqi Kurd from Mitcham, south London, was strangled in January 2006 and her body buried in a suitcase in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Man arrested over website listing Iraq war MPs
A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging an act of terrorism in connection with a website listing MPs who voted for the Iraq war.  West Midlands Police said they arrested the man, from Dunstall, Wolverhampton, at about 0930 GMT on Wednesday.

Millionaire politician used expenses to borrow money for business empire (The Times) Article looking into the financial affairs of Lib Dem MP John Hemming references Birmingham City Council members and officers.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the student fee protest in London.

Benefits system overhaul to ‘make work pay’
Benefit plans ‘will help jobless’ Long-term jobless ‘made to work’ Universal credit ‘will be fairer’ Ministers are to set out how they plan to overhaul the benefits system to provide greater incentives for work and sanctions for those unwilling to do so.

Armistice Day to be marked in UK
Millions of people are expected to observe a two-minute silence at 1100GMT to mark Armistice Day.

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