Media Watch – November 16

By on 16/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Poorest areas are subsidising the rich, says report (Independent) Some of the poorest councils in the country are effectively providing a multi-million annual subsidy to rich parts of England, an analysis of this year’s local authority funding has revealed. Figures published by the Department of Communities and Local Government show that councils like Surrey are getting £62m more from central Government coffers than they are judged to require this year while Birmingham will get £21 million less than their assessed need.Pools get OK (Birmingham Mail) Two pools in Sutton Park containing dangerous algae have been given the all clear by the Environment Agency.

With youth unemployment figures expected to show another rise later today, Birmingham City Council’s Strategic Director of Development appeared on BBC Radio WM to discuss the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP plans to create 100,000 new jobs by 2020.

Shop while you hop (Independent) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market featured in a look at Christmas shopping destinations.

240 hospital beds cut to save costs (Birmingham Mail) Nearly 250 NHS beds are to be cut at three hospitals in Birmingham and Solihull. The news was greeted with dismay by Birmingham City Council health scrutiny committee member Cllr Tony Kennedy.

Double whammy: Brum Council wins again at National Housing Awards (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council’s housing department has continued its winning streak by adding another two prestigious national awards to its collection.

‘Housing cheats beware’ warns Birmingham housing chief (West Midlands Housing News) Housing fraudsters will be tracked down and called to account, says Cllr John Lines, Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Housing.

Award success for Optima Firebird scheme (West Midlands Housing News) Optima Community Association has been shortlisted in the National House Improvement Council awards.

Jobs figures to challenge Birmingham move (Fresh Produce Journal) Birmingham Council has been urged to reconsider its plans to force the city’s wholesalers to move as new figures suggest 15,000 jobs depend on the markets.

Regional Headlines

Man charged over boy’s abduction
A 49-year-old man is charged in connection with the alleged kidnap of a 10-year-old boy in the West Midlands.

Council’s plea to snow volunteers
Sandwell Council offers shovels and grit to volunteers who want to help keep pavements clear of snow and ice during winter.

Walsall’s low carbon timber homes
A housing association in the West Midlands claims it is the first to open a factory manufacturing low carbon timber homes.

National Headlines

Doctors call for car smoking ban
All smoking in cars should be banned across the UK to protect people from second-hand smoke, doctors say.

Youth fears as jobless figures due
The latest unemployment figures will be closely watched when they are released later, amid fears about rising youth joblessness.

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