Media Watch – October 3

By on 03/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council job losses apology (Birmingham Mail) Correction to an article in Friday’s Mail that incorrectly stated that more than 14,000 Birmingham City Council jobs had disappeared in two-and-a-half years. The true figure is 5,547 jobs.

We’re B-back in business (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has launched a major campaign to restore consumer confidence in city shops in the wake of August’s riots.

New boss for council department (Birmingham Mail) City council bosses are confident of appointing a new strategic director to oversee Birmingham’s schools and children’s social services by early next year.

Brum set for new poet laureate (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new poet laureate is set to be named next week as part of the city’s annual book festival.

Lord Mayor backs buddy campaign (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor had her eyes opened to the problems experienced by blind and partially-sighted people when they try to walk around the city and use public transport.

Row over border changes heats up (Birmingham Mail) A leading Birmingham Tory has accused rivals of labelling Erdington and Kingstanding as second class communities in a row over electoral boundary changes.

Date set for city council by-election (Birmingham Mail) Voters in Sparkbrook are set to go to the polls in November to select a successor to Cllr Salma Yaqoob.

At-risk kids still ‘failed’ (Birmingham Mail) The troubleshooter hired to sort out Birmingham children’s social services says extensive management changes and new methods of working are starting to make a difference.

Stress blamed as sick days at council on rise (Birmingham Mail) Stressed out staff at Birmingham City Council are increasingly reporting sick and failing to turn up for work.

College in link to new library (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham university college is set for a new chapter after teaming up with the Library of Birmingham for a new scheme.

City chief welcomes bin reward (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s bins chief (Cllr Tim Huxtable) has welcomed a Government pledge to reward councils who stick to weekly refuse collections for five years.

Novelty lighters ‘a threat to children’ (Birmingham Mail) Miniature guns that shoot out flames were among more than 100 potentially dangerous and illegal cigarette lighters seized from a Birmingham shop by city consumer watchdogs.

New store plans after town talks (Birmingham Mail) High Street giants Sainsbury’s has agreed to alter its plans for a new city superstore following detailed talks with local residents.

£750,000 terror cash row (Sunday Mercury) A security expert has branded a scheme to combat home-grown terrorism in the Midlands ‘a nonsense’.

Lord Mayor spent £130k in a year (Sunday Mercury) Story looking at the cost of civic hospitality events in Birmingham for 2010-11.

Loan shark to pay back £400,000 (Sunday Mercury) A brutal loan shark will be ordered to hand over more than £400,000 in ill-gotten gains following an investigation by Birmingham City Council’s Illegal Money Lending Investigations Team.

Regional Headlines

Two face prisoner murder charges
Two fellow inmates at HM Prison Frankland, County Durham, are charged with the murder of a child rapist from Wolverhampton.

Soldier who foiled raid honoured
An Iraq war veteran is awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for confronting an armed robber in a betting shop in Birmingham last August.

Murder charges over riot deaths
Three people are charged with the murders of three men killed when they were hit by a car during the riots in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Council tax freeze to be extended
A council tax freeze in England will be extended to 2012-13 under plans to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne at the Tory Party conference.

School leaving age ‘should be 14′
The school leaving age should be cut to 14, former schools chief inspector Sir Chris Woodhead says.

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