Media Watch – November 2

By on 02/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City gears up for winter weather (BBC, ITV Central, BBC WM, BRMB) Birmingham is “better prepared than ever” to deal with winter weather, according to the city council.

Police chief quizzed over £126m cuts Birmingham Mail) The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police came under fire last night as councillors quizzed him over the £126 million budget cuts.

Tragic boy’s family road safety plea (Birmingham Mail) A grieving family has launched a campaign to get a crossing installed in the same road where a ten-year-old boy was killed. A petition was handed in to Birmingham City Council last night.

Hoard strikes gold in big States show (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The Staffordshire Hoard is proving a major hit with American audiences after becoming the second most popular touring exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC.

More able to pay respects (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham war memorial is bucking the national trend and is proving so popular it is having to be extended. Bartley Green councillors have agreed to give £2,500 funding to make the paved area around the memorial extended.

From pennies to pounds (The Times, Independent, Birmingham Mail, BBC) Historic Brummies Matthew Boulton and James Watt are featured on the new-style £50 notes entering circulation today.

Birmingham City University set to deliver its vision at Eastside (Building Engineer) An official ceremony has taken place to mark Birmingham City University’s ‘formidable’ commitment to driving forward a vision to create  a Learning Quarter in the heart of the city. The project is part of the Big City Plan.

Birmingham opens new social work academy (Care Appointments) An academy has opened in Birmingham to help improve children’s social care in the city.

Birmingham enablement service launched (West Midlands Housing News) The enablement service at the Kenrick Centre started in March has been formally launched by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

Revealed: a care sector propped up by debt (The Guardian) Strategic Director of Adults and Communities Peter Hay quoted in article looking at private sector providers of social care services.

Regional Headlines

Unions rally to fill arena
Public sector unions in Birmingham have booked the 12,000 plus capacity National Indoor Arena for the city’s ‘biggest ever indoor trade union event’ on the November 30 day of action.

Taxi driver attacked with hammer
A Birmingham taxi driver is hit over the head with a claw hammer in an apparently unprovoked attack.

National Headlines

Pensions offer ‘to be enhanced’
Ministers will make an improved offer to unions in a bid to reach agreement over public sector pension changes, the BBC is told.

Archbishop backs new finance tax
The Archbishop of Canterbury backs calls for a tax on financial transactions, as a protest against corporate greed outside St Paul’s Cathedral continues.

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