Media Watch – Oct 25

By on 25/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

A city in crisis (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s leaders have said nothing is safe as the council faces having to cut £600 million off the budget over the next four years.

Widespread coverage of the equal pay appeal ruling.

City could get own ‘Boris bikes’ to end transport poverty (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Boris Bikes could be coming to Birmingham in a bid to help the city shake off its reputation as one of the UK’s least cycling friendly cities.

MP attacks social services after another poor effort (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham MP (Khalid Mahmood) has warned that the city council must turn round its failing children’s services department.

Jobs threat as council plans new network (Birmingham Post) Up to 1,000 hi-tech jobs are at risk following a legal threat bi Virgin Media and BT to Birmingham City Council plans for a new broadband network.

Build on sports success and be a winner, city told (Birmingham Post) Birmingham needs to build on its sporting provision and attract more major events if it is to reap economic benefits in future, a conference has been told.

City braced for a battle over green belt housing (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has revived memories of a 15-year-old green belt battle by unveiling proposals for a major industrial site and 10,000 homes on Sutton Coldfield’s green belt.

Business fears over months of roadworks (Birmingham Post) Businesses on a busy suburban Birmingham street fear six months of roadworks will damage their trade. Birmingham City Council road repairs contractor Amey has started rebuilding a bridge over the River REA IN Dogpool Lane, Stirchley, with disruption due to last 30 weeks.

Space crisis as in-demand school needs bigger home (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s most over-subscribed school (Al-Hijrah in Bordesley Green) has been hit by a space crisis with children only able to play by rota and plans for temporary classrooms hanging in the balance. Birmingham City Council is offering support for the school as it seeks solutions to the current accommodation issues.

Watchdog praised for helping pilgrims (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs in Birmingham are celebrating after clinching two gongs for their work to stop rogue travel agents from ripping off Muslims embarking on religious pilgrimages.

Addition to JFK mural ‘a worthy idea’ (Birmingham Mail) The fury surrounding the controversial decision to include the face of a former Birmingham mayor on an historic John F Kennedy mural has been dubbed political ‘mischief making’.

Poorest could face £300 bills for council tax (Birmingham Mail) Ministers have suffered defeat in the House of Lords over plans to cut funding for council tax benefit – a move that could see some of Birmingham’s poorest families facing annual bills of £300.

Regional Headlines

MP raises paedophile ring claims
Labour MP Tom Watson, West Bromwich East, calls for a police investigation into claims of a “powerful paedophile ring” linked to a previous prime minister’s “senior adviser”.

Kingstanding hit-and-run girl, 5, badly hurt
A five-year-old girl has been left critically ill after being hit by a car which failed to stop in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Olympics effect to boost UK GDP
The Olympics are expected to help the economy show growth in the third quarter of the year, suggesting the double-dip recession is over.

Two British deaths in Afghanistan
A Royal Marine and a female soldier have been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan – the woman is the third who has died since the conflict began.

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