Media Watch – November 15

By on 15/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Mike Whitby welcomes Prime Ministers to Birmingham (BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Birmingham. The pair visited Aston Science Park and the Library of Birmingham.

School bus had its chips (Birmingham Mail) A school in Sparkbrook will soon be able to power its minibus using cooking fats, oil and grease. Ladypool Primary School is the first school in the city to install its own Used Cooking Oil Collection Point.

August riots: West Midlands youth workers’ cuts warning (BBC) Youth workers in the West MIdlands are warning that 100 days on from the August riots, young people are facing ‘the toughest times for more than 25 years’. Birmingham City Council has to save £212m this year, and its future budget for youth services is under scrutiny and open for consultation with communities.

Birmingham recovery centre gets green light (Recycling and Waste World) A new recycling and waste management facility at a site in Landor Street, Nechells, has been given the go-ahead.

Birmingham eco village attracts international interest (Show House) Summerfield an ‘eco village’ in Birmingham’s Ladywood district has been attracting interest from other countries looking to use successful elements from the scheme.

Local authorities face hard decision on council tax freeze (Public Finance) Councils have been warned to make sure that they can manage an effective cut in their finances in 2013/14 before accepting the government's offer for next year's council tax freeze.

Regional Headlines

Jobs and three newspapers to go
The company which owns the Birmingham Post and Coventry Telegraph announces plans to close three titles in Staffordshire and the West Midlands and cut 66 jobs.

Thieves target flood-hit houses
Thieves steal items recovered from flood-damaged homes on a West Midlands housing estate.
Flood causes £1m damage to homes

National Headlines

Euro crisis ‘an opportunity’ – PM
David Cameron says the turmoil in Europe provides scope for the UK to “refashion” its relationship with Brussels and reclaim some powers in future.

MPs to debate petrol price rises
MPs are set to debate a motion urging the government to stem fuel price rises, amid a public outcry over costs.

Checks were relaxed at 28 ports
A pilot scheme to reduce passport checks on some citizens of EU countries was used at 28 ports and airports, the home secretary says – which Labour says is “startling”.

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