Media Watch – Nov 29

By on 29/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Agency staff cash in as council workers face pay cuts and the sack (Birmingham Post) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is paying temporary agency staff up to £360 per day to cover key positions.

City could get £1 billion to pilot Heseltine reform (Birmingham Post) David Cameron has chosen Birmingham to pilot radical proposals to change the way local government works – and potentially handing the city a £1 billion jackpot.

Vision for commercial district as Masshouse plans are resurrected (Birmingham Post) A prime Birmingham city centre location – used as a car park for more than a decade – could be developed into a new commercial district with a hotel and offices. Plans for the second phase of the Masshouse scheme will go to Birmingham City Council on December 6.

£7m plan to restore former home of Joseph Chamberlain (Birmingham Post) Ambitious £7m plans to save the historic home of the Chamberlain family have been unveiled.

First park in city for 130 years to open (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) After the wettest year in living memory, Birmingham’s first new park for 130 years is set to be opened bang on schedule next week.

Deputy leaves role for £65,000-a-year position (Birmingham Mail) The West Midlands new deputy police commissioner (Cllr Yvonne Mosquito) has agreed to give up her day job as a charity manager to take up the £65,000-a-year position.

Regional Headlines

Possible poll on council tax rise
Dudley Council says it may hold a referendum to ask residents if they are prepared to pay higher council tax.

Work starts on runway extension
Work starts to extend the runway at Birmingham Airport in a bid to compete for long-haul flights.

National Headlines

Leveson media report findings due
Lord Justice Leveson is set to publish his report – the culmination of an eight-month inquiry – into the culture and ethics of the UK’s press.

Birth tests ‘can predict obesity’
The likelihood that a baby will be obese in childhood can be predicted at birth using a simple formula, researchers say.

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