Media Watch – Nov 24

By on 24/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Contact centre puts customers first (Guardian) Birmingham City Council’s Customer First programme has won the Innovation and Progress Customer Service Award in the Guardian Public Service Awards. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14175

Grave tests ‘a waste of cash’ (Birmingham Mail) City council chiefs are spending thousands of pounds on testing the safety of grave headstones in Birmingham – even though experts and the Government say it’s a waste of cash.

Top athletes set for Birmingham Grand Prix meeting (Sport Business, Sportfocus) Birmingham will welcome top athletes from around the world next summer as the city hosts another big sporting event. The city council has signed a three-year deal with UK Athletics to bring the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix to the Alexander Stadium. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14108

Closing offices helps to save £3m for taxpayers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham council chiefs claim to have saved nearly £3million of taxpayers’ cash moving out of old office blocks and buildings.

Taxpayers pick up city homes bill (Birmingham Mail) Taxpayers in Birmingham are being forced to shell out up to £28,000 a year to maintain 9,000 privately owned empty properties.

Tesco cash cut in Swan plans (Birmingham Mail) Supermarket giant Tesco has won its fight to slash £300,000 from a £3 million pot earmarked for the development of Birmingham playing fields. The cut was approved by Birmingham City Council members in a last-ditch bid to get building work started on the Swan Centre in Yardley.

Youth coach Carl is a pools winner (Birmingham Mail) Profile of Birmingham City Council swimming coach Carl Grosvenor.

Residents rejoice at Turves Green transformation (West Midlands Housing News) The dramatic £7m transformation of the Turves Green tower blocks has been officially unveiled by Birmingham City Council and Wates.

Regional Headlines

Snow flurries expected in Birmingham
Freezing temperatures have been forecast to hit Birmingham by the end of the week – with a chance of the first snow of the winter.

BBC Asian Network presenter admits £18k benefit fraud
A radio presenter has admitted falsely claiming benefits totalling £18,000 while working as a DJ on the BBC’s Asian Network.

Irish crisis ‘hits some building schemes’ in Birmingham
Some regeneration projects in Birmingham have been hit by the debt crisis in the Republic of Ireland, it has been revealed.

National Headlines

School teaching and funding overhaul planned in England
Plans to overhaul the way teachers are trained in England and how schools are funded will be set out later as part of the government’s education White Paper.

Commissioner issues first Data Protection Act fines
A county council that faxed details of a child sex abuse case to a member of the public is to be fined £100,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act.

Nick Clegg’s appeal to student tuition fees protesters
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is calling on students to reconsider the coalition’s tuition fees plans before taking part in a day of protests.

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