Media Watch – November 3

By on 03/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby positive about Chicago possibilities (Birmingham Post) One of America’s most powerful politicians and a top US businesswoman have joined forces with the leader of Birmingham City Council in his quest to see direct flights resumed to Chicago.

City to get new business improvement districts (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is to get three more business improvement districts bringing the number of revenue raising scheme across the city to nine.

Construction plans help council make more savings (Birmingham Post) A decision to place Birmingham City Council’s construction and property related services on a commercial footing will deliver efficiencies and cut the cost to the public purse, it has been claimed.

Cuts: Labour slams ‘shameful’ council (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition should be ashamed for acting so forcefully to drive through public spending cuts and axing hundreds of local government jobs, Labour councillor Barry Henley has insisted.

Hughes promises there will be transparency on savings (Birmingham Post) All suggestions about ways in which Birmingham City Council should deliver huge public spending cuts will be published as part of a unique consultation exercise. Chief Executive has promised that everything said at public meetings and comments made on a live internet blog will be recorded and details passed onto councillors.

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

Hoard strikes gold in big States show (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.

Care cases rise as many foster parents give up (Birmingham Post) The number of children being taken into care by Birmingham City Council is on the increase again after falling steadily for four years.

Bailiffs are ‘worse than loan sharks’ (Birmingham Mail) Bailiffs being employed by Birmingham City Council ‘use scare tactics worse than loan sharks’ to demand money owed to them, a councillor has claimed.

New gritter fleet prepares for bitter winter blast (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A fleet of new vehicles will tackle whatever the weather throws at Birmingham this winter, council chiefs have pledged.

City councillor in call to ban the EDL organisation (Birmingham Mail) City leader Mike Whitby was called upon to lobby the Government to ban the English Defence League for inciting violence and racial hatred.

Residents fighting 110 homes (Birmingham Mail) City licensing chiefs are to appoint an independent inspector to decide whether a controversial village green bid should be approved.

£20.6m refurbishment planned for Birmingham’s NIA (Leisure Opportunities) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has announced plans to undertake a £20.6m refurbishment of the facilities at the National Indoor Arena.

Citizens thanks to Brum council (West Midlands Housing News) Efforts to support the vulnerable have seen Birmingham City Council help more than 3,000 citizens obtain £10.2 million in unclaimed benefits during the last year.

Regional Headlines

Funerals for Saudi bus-death pair
A couple from Birmingham who died in a fire onboard a bus in Saudi Arabia are buried in Mecca.

Two-year-old hurt in knife attack
A man is charged over a knife attack on a woman and a two-year-old child in north Birmingham.

National Headlines

UK ‘ready to pay more into IMF’
PM David Cameron is set to discuss eurozone debt with G20 leaders, as it is revealed the UK may more into the IMF to help struggling nations.

Family justice delays criticised
A major review of how courts deal with family cases has called for childcare decisions to be made within six months.

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