Media Watch – Sept 24

By on 24/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Your last chance (Birmingham Mail) The Government is on the brink of taking control of children’s social services in Birmingham. It has issued the city council with one final ‘must do better’ order because the crisis-torn department is still not meeting improvement targets.

Will your child get the school of their choice? (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at the odds of securing a place at Secondary schools in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.

A year on since the Staffordshire Hoard was unveiled (BBC WM) Simon Cane, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery reveals artefacts from the Hoard are to be studied by experts at the Louvre in Paris.

Council workers face strike ballot (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham City Council workers will be balloted on strike action unless bosses agree to withdraw 26,000 redundancy notices and get around the negotiating table.

Rivals say ‘no’ to lap dancing club (Birmingham Mail) Plans to open a fourth lap dancing venue on Birmingham’s Broad Street are being opposed by rival city centre nightspots. City licensing chiefs meet next Monday to decide if the Cyclone Club can host table, pole and lap dancing in its first floor bar.

City to build new schools (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is looking for sites to build new schools to cope with the expanding number of pupils in the city.

Local market gets new indoor venue (Birmingham Mail) A new community market in Birmingham (Stirchley Community Market) is set to continue through the winter following a successful summer launch. The market is backed by Birmingham City Council.

City golf club doubles its membership (Birmingham Mail) A municipal golf course (Hilltop) which was handed an 11th hour reprieve from closure earlier this year has now more than doubled its membership.

Brum Council aims to boost African-Caribbean caterers (The Voice) Efforts to increase Birmingham City Council’s income have seen the authority’s in-house catering service attempt to tap into the potentially lucrative African-Caribbean market.

Regional Headlines

Man rescued during flash floods in Bilston
A man has been rescued from his car after flash flooding hit part of the Black Country.

Dudley EDL rally ‘wanted men’ CCTV released by police
CCTV images have been released of 22 people police want to speak to over damage caused to homes and a Hindu temple during a rally in Dudley.

Affordable loans plan is unveiled
A new not-for-profit lending scheme is being unveiled aimed at giving manageable loans to people who cannot obtain conventional loans.

National Headlines

Government rules out English council tax revaluation
There will be no revaluation of council tax bands in England during this Parliament, the government has pledged.

HSBC boss ‘to quit’ in shake-up
Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, is preparing to announce major changes to its senior management amid reports of a boardroom power struggle.

Some 177 quangos ‘to be scrapped’ by the government
Some 177 quangos, or taxpayer-funded public bodies, could be scrapped by the government, a leaked document suggests.

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