Media Watch – Nov 9

By on 09/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities Cllr Sue Anderson appeared on BBC Midlands Today to discuss adult social care.

Dinner ladies join job-saving scheme (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of school dinner ladies and cleaners are set to leave Birmingham City Council and work for themselves in an effort to keep their jobs.

New flats get the go ahead (Birmingham Mail) A landmark Victorian city centre building can now be converted into offices and apartments after conservation watchdog English Heritage withdrew its objections. Plans to convert the ornate Methodist Central Hall from a nightclub into offices, a restaurant bar and 47 studio apartments were approved by the council’s planning committee.

Birmingham’s ‘Floozy in the Jacuzzi’ unveiled after £300k facelift  (BBC) It’s taken three months and cost around £300,000 but one of Birmingham’s best-loved ladies is finally back to her flowing best. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13831

Housing cuts will hit more than 80,000 people in the West Midlands (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) More than 80,000 people in the West Midlands will be hit by cuts in housing benefit, charity Shelter has warned. Government figures show that 14,260 households in Birmingham will lose money because of the change.

How do we make golf more attractive (Pitchcare.com) Article looking at the future of municipal golf highlights Birmingham City Council’s golf tendering process.

Regional Headlines

Nuclear waste in Bournville (bournvillevillage.com, Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP has called for an investigation after a train suspected of carrying nuclear waste secretly passed through the city.

MBE for former England and Wolves keeper Bert Williams
Former England and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Bert Williams is to receive his MBE later.

National Headlines

Unacceptable train overcrowding to get worse, MPs say
Rail passengers in England and Wales face “substantial increases in already unacceptable overcrowding levels” by 2014 and beyond, a report by MPs says.

George W Bush claims UK lives ‘saved by waterboarding’
British lives were saved by the use of information obtained from terrorist suspects by “waterboarding”, according to former US President George W Bush.

Prime Minister David Cameron begins China trade visit
Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in China as part of Britain’s largest-ever delegation to the country.

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