Media Watch – Oct 30

By on 30/10/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Boost for North ‘will benefit this region’ (Birmingham Post) Dramatic cuts in journey times between Birmingham and the North will “transform†the economy of the Midlands, a major new Government study claimed. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Wi-fi in public buildings (BBC Radio WM) Live interview with Cllr Lisa Trickett, who welcomed the announcement that almost 140 public buildings in Birmingham will get wi-fi under plans developed locally by Digital Birmingham.

Tories hit out as council funds union reps to tune of £1.2m (Birmingham Post and BBC Radio WM) Prominent Conservatives have hit out at Birmingham City Council after almost £1.2 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on union activity last year. Quotes Councillors Ian Ward and Robert Alden. Both councillors also discussed the issue live on BBC Radio WM this morning.

‘Federal’ West Midlands needs a supermayor if powers are to be devolved, says Labour (Birmingham Post) Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has called for the region to have an elected “metro mayorâ€. References fact Birmingham City Council is in talks with other West Midlands councils about a possible combined authority.

New ‘Green Travel Districts’ to entice drivers out of cars (Birmingham Post) Eleven areas in Birmingham are be designated as Green Travel Districts as part of a major shake-up to encourage people out of their cars. Quotes Birmingham City Council transport policy manager David Harris.

MP: Cycling is not just for ‘white young men’ (Birmingham Post) The row over a Birmingham councillor’s claim that millions spent on cycling is benefitting ‘white young men’ has reached the house of commons. References comments made by Cllr Deirdre Alden in September.

Evicted couple find new home – on same street (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham couple evicted from a property in Druids Heath after losing an appeal are moving back to the same street after being offered a two-bedroom flat by another resident. Quotes city council spokesperson clarifying that demand for social housing is extremely high and that the couple had been offered alternative properties.

School re-opens six weeks after nearby blaze (Birmingham Mail) Yardleys School will re-open next week, six weeks after an asbestos scare forced it to close. References Birmingham City Council in statement quoted from school website.

A more diverse point of view (Birmingham Post) Feature on the Effective Board Member (EBM) programme, referencing fact it was initially developed in partnership with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation, a Birmingham City Council initiative.

New student block could fan row over housing in suburb (Birmingham Post) The proliferation of student accommodation in Selly Oak looks set to continue after yet more plans were submitted for a large-scale development in the Birmingham superb. References fact that one of the plans submitted is going before Birmingham City Council’s planning committee today.

Regional Headlines:

It’s a family affair as new library statue is unveiled Two sisters and their sons are joining the likes of Queen Victoria, Matthew Boulton and Tony Hancock in being immortalised by a statue in Birmingham. The bronze statue is unveiled today outside the Library of Birmingham.

Ofcom extends local TV licence deadline The battle to bring local TV to Birmingham is going into extra time, with regulators Ofcom extending next Monday’s deadline for the broadcast launch on an ‘interim’ basis.

National Headlines:

There is no link between how tough penalties are and the level of drug use, a Home Office study of global drug policies suggests.

Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit. New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more per week than people on jobseekers’ allowance.

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