Media Watch – November 17

By on 17/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Frankfurt Christmas Market opens (BBC WM, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has once more been transformed into a little corner of Frankfurt with the traditional German Christmas market opening for business today.

City can have its Boris (Birmingham Post) Ministers have vowed that 2012 will be ‘a huge year’ for Birmingham as the city is offered the chance to elect a Boris Johnson style mayor who could take control of almost any public service.

Old Post and Mail building plans hit by police objection (Birmingham Post) Plans for a major redevelopment of the former Post & Mail printing works in Birmingham city centre look likely to be approved despite claims that office workers will be able to peer out of windows at ‘sensitive and confidential operations’ taking place inside the West Midlands Police headquarters at Lloyd House.

£8.7bn investment set to flood into the region from LEP – claim (Birmingham Post) The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will transform the regional economy by drawing in £8.7 billion of investment, it has been claimed.

City rolls out red carpet for two prime ministers (Birmingham Post) Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby welcomed David Cameron and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte to Birmingham’s Science Park Aston  and the Library of Birmingham this week.

Report criticises £1 billion council services contract (Birmingham Post) The management of a £1 billion Birmingham City Council contract with outsourcing company Capita has been criticised by an independent review, a council scrutiny committee was told.

Vulnerable to get home help as budgets slashed (Birmingham Post) The needs of Birmingham’s most vulnerable adults will still be met despite social services budget cuts of £191 million, a city council official has promised.

Library cuts were hidden, says former service boss (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is dismantling is dismantling its library service through the back door, its former head of service has claimed.

Green light for next phase of Longbridge Technology Park (Construction Now Daily) Plans for the next 21,000 sq ft office building at St Modwen’s £100 million Longbridge Technology Park have been given the green light by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee.

Regional Headlines

Forensics experts turn to Twitter
Forensic scene investigators (FSIs) from West Midlands Police will lift the lid on their profession using Twitter.

Airline probes ‘£20k fuel demand’
An airline is to launch an investigation after reports it asked passengers stranded in Austria to pay £20,000 towards the cost of fuel to fly back to the UK.

National Headlines

NHS long waits crackdown ordered
Ministers order a crackdown on the 250,000 people “languishing unnecessarily” on hospital waiting lists for more than the 18-week target.

Call to scrap Air Passenger Duty
Four of the largest airlines in the UK and Irish Republic call for Air Passenger Duty to be scrapped.

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