Media Watch – Nov 17

By on 17/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brave new world (Guardian) Feature looking at various local government initiatives looks at the electric vehicle partnership between Birmingham City Council and Coventry.

Unseen Rossetti to go on display in Birmingham (BBC) A previously unseen work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti is to go on show at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery next year. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14025

£4m community fund ‘is at risk’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Community Chest fund which ploughs £4 million a year into voluntary groups, road safety schemes, parks, youth projects and other small schemes is under threat.

Social worker ‘did not visit children’ (Birmingham Mail) A former Birmingham social worker has been handed a warning for failing to visit five vulnerable children.

Homeowners ignore help to go green (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council housing boss said the authority still struggles to get homeowners to take up help available to them to make their properties more energy efficient and save money.

Birmingham will gain new homes funding (Birmingham Mail) A new homes bonus, which gives Government cash to local authorities who allow house building, has been welcomed by Birmingham City Council’s housing chief.

Birmingham market plans back on the table (Fresh Produce Journal) Plans to rehouse Birmingham’s wholesale market are back on the agenda and could be considered by the council cabinet as early as next month.

£10m Birmingham museum plans (Attractions Management) Plans for the creation of a new £9.7 million wing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have been given the green light by city council cabinet members. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13008

Regional Headlines

Police forces in West Midlands ‘unfairly hit’ by cuts
Police forces in the West Midlands region will be disproportionately hit by cuts, a group of MPs has claimed.

Northampton inquest told crashed plane ‘out of fuel’
An aircraft which crashed off the coast of France, killing two men, probably ran out of fuel, a coroner in Northampton has ruled.

Man arrested over gunshot murder in Bilston
A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was shot in the head.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry.

Academy invitation goes out to all schools
Ministers are attempting to accelerate their academies programme by opening up the scheme to all schools in England.

Ministers ‘broke midwife pledge’
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has accused the government of backing down on a pre-election pledge to increase midwife numbers in England.

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