Media Watch – Oct 17

By on 17/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Clean up after your customers or be fined, council to tell firms (Birmingham Post) Birmingham businesses could be asked to take a greater responsibility for clearing up litter. Cllr James Mckay quoted

Council boss hits out at Ofsted’s ‘savage’ report (Birmingham Mail and Post) Birmingham’s leader has hit back after the council’s children’s services department has been branded a ‘national disgrace’. Sir Albert Bore said comments made by Ofsted’s chief inspector were stepping into territory that was not in Ofsted’s role and were not going to help the council improve

Midlands Today – People, including an MP and head teacher, have hit back at the Ofsted chief inspector’s comments, calling the comments unprofessional

Pay frozen again for councillors (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s 120 councillors are set to have their annual pay frozen for the fourth year running

Green belt plan is thin edge of the wedge (Birmingham Post) Campaigners trying to stop building on the city’s green belt fear developers will be able to grab even more of the protected land. Deputy leader Ian Ward said doing nothing is not an option and that a clear problem (a housing shortfall) has to be addressed

City libraries need £4m for repairs (Birmingham Post) It will cost £4m to repair Birmingham’s libraries, a campaign group has said

Council repair firm slated for ‘shoddy’ school roof repairs (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s building repairs firm has come under fire over shoddy work which has left schools with leaking roofs. A spokesperson said the council is committed to helping Acivico improve its performance in facilities management

Meet Lord Whitby of Harborne (Birmingham Mail and Post) Former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has officially joined the House of Lords

‘Bulky waste’ to be barred in bid for £1m savings (Birmingham Mail) Free bulky waste collections are to be withdrawn from Birmingham residents under cost-cutting plans. Cllr Mckay quoted

First of new trams pulls into city (Birmingham Post) Sir Albert Bore took the wraps off the first tram of a new fleet, just as the city council is set to approve a £40m extension of the Midland Metro line

Regional Headlines:

Cuts of £64m planned by council – Plans to cut £64m from its budget mean services and jobs will have to go, says Wolverhampton council

Bullring funeral for stabbed rapper – The funeral of a Birmingham rapper stabbed after attending a fundraising event for another stab victim takes place

Bravery award for hammer raid police – Three police officers are given awards for bravery for rescuing a young family from four violent burglars

National Headlines:

US Congress approves debt deal – The US Congress has passed a bill to re-open the government and raise the federal debt limit

Work ‘may be no way out of poverty’ – Work no longer pays enough to provide a route out of poverty for mmillions of families, the government social mobility ‘tsar’ is to warn

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