Media Watch – Sept 09

By on 09/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the Papal visit, including Cllr Alan Rudge interviewed by BBC Radio WM.

Plans for £8bn boost to region’s economy (Birmingham Post) No one could accuse the embryonic Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Tamworth and Lichfield Local Enterprise Partnership of lacking ambition, although the cumbersome name hardly springs off the tongue.

Cracks appear over LEP bid (Birmingham Post) A surprise proposal to create a region-wide Local Enterprise Partnerships appeared doomed after it was rejected by councils and chambers of commerce, who claimed it had no chance of success.

Sikh plan for school a concern for council (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Council is at loggerheads with a Sikh education trust which hopes to open two of the Government’s first ‘free schools’.

Homelessness in Biermingham rises 140 per cent (West Midlands Housing News) The fragile economy, widespread redundancies and repossessions have seen a 140 per cent increase in homelessness in Birmingham this year, placing a huge burden on council taxpayers.

Council backs Harborne Academy (Chamberlink) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes has visited Birmingham Metropolitan College to pledge his support for the new Harborne Academy.

Council turns to Mosques in search for adoptive families (PublicNet) Birmingham City Council staff are to visit Mosques as part of a drive to find more people to adopt Muslim children of mixed ethnic backgrounds.

Birmingham eyes green energy revenue (PlanningResource) Birmingham City Council is set to develop a Green Energy Action Plan that could potentially raise revenues for the local authority, following approval by councillors.

Regional Headlines

Aston Villa appoint Gerard Houllier as new manager 
Former Liverpool and Lyon boss Gerard Houllier has been appointed the new manager of Aston Villa.
Wolverhampton ‘lacks workers with qualifications’
Wolverhampton has the highest proportion in England of working-age people with no qualifications, according to BBC-commissioned research.

Eight questioned in Staffordshire after drug raids
Eight men have been arrested and thousands of cannabis plants seized in police raids in Staffordshire, West Midlands and Lincolnshire.

National Headlines

North East and Midlands ‘least resilient’ areas
Industrial towns in the North East and Midlands are least resilient to economic shocks, BBC-commissioned research suggests.

Vitamin B ‘puts off Alzheimer’s’
A new study suggests high doses of B vitamins may halve the rate of brain shrinkage in older people experiencing some of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Jet and Turkish Airlines 777 in ‘near-miss’ over London
A business jet came close to a mid-air collision with a Turkish Airlines passenger plane after taking off from London City Airport, a report has said.

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