Media Watch – Sept 27

By on 27/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore’s six point plan to put city on global stage (Birmingham Post) This week saw the official launch of Sir Albert Bore’s vision to secure the economic future of Birmingham through six new economic zones.

Traders ‘positive’ after meeting council leader (Birmingham Post) Under threat independent traders said a crunch meeting with council leader Sir Albert Bore has gone very positively.

Council told to target 136 staff who take two thirds of all sick days (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Fewer than 140 staff are responsible for two-thirds of Birmingham City Council’s long-term sick leave problems, it has emerged.

Council bosses fear planning free-for-all (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is to join a growing list of local authorities to challenge government plans to relax planning regulations to allow larger extension in a bid to boost the construction industry.

Connecting Birmingham to global economic networks (Birmingham Post) Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, writes that boosting long term sustainable growth in Britain’s economy depends on making our cities more producing and more prosperous.

Picture perfect way of documenting the changing landscape (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at the Library of Birmingham’s photography collection.

Hurry to enter Brum’s big race (Birmingham Mail) Time is running out for anyone thinking of entering next month’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run as the closing date falls on Monday.

Quiz time with the Lord Mayor (Birmingham Mail) It’s eyes down for one of Birmingham’s biggest quizzes – with the chance to raise big money for charity.

Birmingham bids to become ‘enterprise capital’ (Insider Media) New economic zones in Birmingham, which are expected to bring £1.5bn into the city and generate almost 50,000 jobs, have been unveiled at an event this morning (25 September).

Councils weigh up bond bid (Public Finance) A group of councils are considering the first major local government bond issue since the 1980s as part of proposals to back a range of green energy projects. The plan has been inspired by the Birmingham Energy Savers initiative.

Landlords prosecuted following fire (Landlord and Buy-to-let) Three landlords have been successfully prosecuted by Birmingham City Council following their failure to maintain a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Regional Headlines

Fake doctor jailed over CV lies
A Birmingham health worker who worked as an NHS nurse and doctor after inventing a glittering medical career is jailed for 15 months.

Police demo at chief whip office
Police officers wearing “PC Pleb” T-shirts stage a protest at the Sutton Coldfield offices of the Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.

National Headlines

Rochdale abuse failings revealed
Social services “missed opportunities” to stop the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale, a report into a grooming scandal reveals.

NHS ‘could get worse from 2013′
Next year could be the turning point for the NHS in England when finances unravel and the quality of care starts to get worse, finance chiefs say.

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