Media Watch – October 24

By on 24/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council leaders appeal for EDL ban (BBC WM) The city council's three group leaders have written a letter appealing to West Midlands Police to look at ways of preventing the English Defence League from demonstrating in Birmingham next weekend. Cllrs Sir Albert Bore and Alan Rudge interviewed.

Birmingham Half-marathon success (Central News, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail, Daily Mirror) 12,000 runners took part in this year's event, hailed as a hit by organisers. Men's winner Haile Gebrselassie is quoted as saying Birmingham is his favourite British city.

City leaders set for Chicago visit (BBC WM, BBC Online, Financial Times) A delegation led by council leader Cllr Mike Whitby is set to visit the US today during a trip in which the group, amongst other things, will meet bosses at Cadbury owner Kraft to discuss the plant's future prospects.

£5k compo for falling out of bed (The Sun) A Sun investigation reveals that £75million has been spent by council's in compensation payouts over the last five years. Birmingham, as the UK's largest local authority, cited as paying out the most (274 payments worth £4.9million).

Top GCSEs for 6 in 10 pupils (Birmingham Mail) The latest GCSE results have been officially published with Birmingham slightly below the national average for the percentage of pupils obtaining at least five 'good' GCSEs including English and Maths.

Chiefs' pledge to back Brum window maker (Birmingham Mail) Members of the council's Finance Scrutiny Committee have urged that the council's Shelforce venture – staffed by disabled people - should not be closed as the council looks to make savings. Cllr Brew is quoted as saying Shelforce would be supported as it looked for new lines of work in the future.

Changes call over council house policy (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines has said the current council house allocation system is unfair and needs to be changed, with the needs loyal tenants currently overlooked.

Tackling the rogue traders (Birmingham Mail) In her latest column, Jacqui Kennedy, head of Regulatory Services at the council, discusses the Doorstoppers scheme - designed to protect citizens against rogue traders.

Dad's fury as girl 'left alone outside school' (Birmingham Mail) A parent has withdrawn his five-year-old daughter from Minworth Junior and Infant School after claiming he found her locked out of the building after he was late picking her up - a story the school disputes.

Brum's markets a global role model (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of a visit by Wholesale Market traders' visit to a conference in China, in which delegates from Helsinki are reported to have spoken highly of Birmingham's markets.

£500k bill for fly tipping (Sunday Mercury) In 2010 the council dealt with 9,167 incidents of fly tipping. Regionally, £500,000 was spent on the problem during that year. Specific figures for Birmingham were unavailable.

Councils' £70k for awards (Sunday Mercury) Regionally, almost £70,000 was spent by councils on awards ceremonies during 2010/11, with figures based on those authorities which responded to the question under the Freedom of Information Act.

Regional Headlines

A billboard campaign has been launched in Wolverhampton as part of an effort to attract more shoppers and visitors to the city.

National Headlines

The government is facing the prospect of a rebellion by Conservative MPs when Parliament votes on proposals for a referendum on Europe.

Rescue teams are desperately searching for people trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake hit Turkey’s eastern Van region on Sunday.

Protesters remain camped outside St Paul’s in London despite pleas to leave because the cathedral and surrounding businesses are said to be suffering.

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