Media Watch – Oct 24

By on 24/10/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council’s US junket to boost local relations (Daily Telegraph, Star) Birmingham City Council has drawn sharp criticism for sending staff on a taxpayer-funded trip to the United States which, it said, helped forge links with the city’s local university just two miles down the road.

Council chief: Some services will simply have to go (ITV) Bosses at Birmingham City Council have warned that some services currently used by residents will be lost altogether as part of sweeping budget cuts in the coming years.

Birmingham council plans school crossing and pest control cuts (BBC) Pest control and school crossing services may be cut by Birmingham City Council under latest spending plans. Both are listed as low-priority in the authority’s 2015/16 budget green paper.

Society pays price for bargain booze (Birmingham Mail) Alcohol abuse is costing the NHS in Birmingham £55 million a year. The city’s Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, says minimum booze prices would help.

Campaign launched to save outdoor adventure centre for city children (Birmingham Mail) An online campaign has been launched to save a much-loved cottage as an outdoor adventure centre (Ogwen Cottage) for Birmingham youngsters.

Sutton Coldfield councillor quits charity in green belt row (Birmingham Mail) A Sutton Coldfield councillor (Cllr Rob Pocock) has resigned from the board of a leading charity (Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust) in a row over green belt development.

Competition to give Birmingham Centenary Square a new look (Birmingham Mail) Architects are being offered the chance to redesign Birmingham’s Centenary Square in a new competition launched by the city council.

Solar power farm plan for former landfill site (Birmingham Mail) A former landfill site which is too dangerous to build on, could become Birmingham’s first large scale solar power farm.

Regional Headlines

Payout for former MG Rover staff
An £8m pension settlement is agreed with some former MG Rover staff, almost a decade after the car firm collapsed.

Solihull teenager charged with hacking
A teenager has appeared in court charged with possessing indecent images of children and computer hacking.

National Headlines

UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU
The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (€2.1bn) towards the European Union’s budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.

Payout to mother of secret PC’s child
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.

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