Media Watch – Nov 21

By on 21/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£6.8m science hub to create 600 city jobs (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Details of a biomedical hub run by the University of Birmingham have been announced. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted as backing the plans.

Failing firms named (Morning Star) A new report from Unison has been published, criticising outsourcing within the public sector. Birmingham referenced as a city where the union has concerns - but the article does not cite which contract(s) it has these concerns over.

Capita pockets £1.2m to create library website (Birmingham Post) IT experts have criticised the cost of developing a new website for the Library of Birmingham. Library director Brian Gambles quoted as saying it was a complex project and essential the site was future-proof and integrated with various back-end systems.

Call to give big UK cities power over energy bills (Birmingham Post) Core Cities leaders including Sir Albert Bore are launching a prospectus setting out ways that Central Government  can help cities create jobs and improve living standards.

Birmingham Mobility Action Plan (Coach & Bus Week) Article covering the recent launch of the draft BMAP document. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Transport plan 'will create, not ease traffic' opposition claims (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) The Birmingham Mobility Action Plan has been criticised by Conservative group Deputy Leader Cllr Robert Alden.

Council leader to meet Ofsted boss over failing children's care (Birmingham Post) Sir Albert Bore has asked Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw to visit the city after his recent criticisms of the council's children's services department.

Warning on city council finances unless spiralling debts controlled (Birmingham Post) Article looking at the council's annual audit letter - which issued an unqualified opinion (a clean bill of health). Article's main focus on the financial challenges the council faces. A council spokesperson quoted as saying the authority's future planning addresses issues such as equal pay and borrowing levels.

Minister praises city's own skills Baccalaureate (Birmingham Post) Matthew Hancock MP has praised the city council-inspired Birmingham Baccalaureate during a visit to Small Heath School.

Regional Headlines

Rumours of a “potential change of shareholding” surround the fledgling City TV project in Birmingham.

A Solihull businessman has been awarded a compensation settlement of £6.1million after a motorbike accident in Germany in 2009.

National Headlines

Soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians, former members have told a new television documentary.

Labour acted “with complete integrity’ in its dealings with the Co-op Bank and disgraced ex-chairman Paul Flowers, party leader Ed Miliband has said.

England’s communities are being “short-changed” by £4.1bn a year under the model used to allocate central government funding across the UK, the Local Government Association has said.



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