Media Watch – Sept 6

By on 06/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham plea to David Cameron for investment (BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, BBC WM, Free Radio, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Politicians and business leaders from Birmingham have held a “positive” meeting with the prime minister, urging him to provide more money to the city.

(Midlands Today) Cllr Brigid Jones interviewed about the council’s stance on academies and the co-operative model for school improvements currently being developed.

Roads contractor in blunder over 'new' lampposts (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's roads contractor Amey has been forced to stop the installation of new lampposts on a leafy suburban street because staff did not realise it was in a historic conservation area.

Grand plan for Palasades (Birmingham Post) The Pallasades Shopping Centre is to receive a 21st century New York-style makeover - being renamed Grand Central Birmingham.

TV delay threatens more care cuts (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has been warned a £14 million TV-based home care system is behind schedule.

Metal thieves blitz ten homes in Brum street in just one day (Birmingham Mail) Brazen metal thieves used ladders to scale houses and strip ten Birmingham homes in just 24 hours.

Online commissioning moves a step closer (Community Care Market News) Birmingham City Council has appointed Milton Keynes-based business Matrix SCM to supply the technology to commission social care services online.

Gove anger at betrayal of academy opponents (Birmingham Post) Education Secretary Michael Gove has hit out at parents and teachers who are against academy status, branding their opposition a “betrayal”. With a growing number of schools outside direct local authority control, Birmingham City Council is now reassessing its role. In July, council education chief Coun Brigid Jones outlined plans to form a co-operative agreement between willing local academies and the authority.

£500,000 empty home boost for Birmingham charity (24dash.com) A West Midlands young people’s charity has received a £500,000 grant to help it bring empty flats back into use. Birmingham YMCA was awarded the funds as part of the Government’s Empty Homes Community Grant Fund. The bid for funding was backed by Birmingham City Council, which has a list of around 2000 flats across the city that have been empty for six months or more.

Regional Headlines

Murder charge over man hit by car
A 50-year-old is charged with murder after a man who police said had been hit by car was found dying in a West Midlands park.

Baggies legends tribute revealed
The design of a statue dedicated to three West Bromwich Albion footballers credited with inspiring other black players is revealed.

National Headlines

Girl hid under shooting victims
A girl has been found hiding inside a British-registered car in which three bodies were discovered eight hours earlier, French police say.

Planning rules set to be relaxed
People will be able to build house extensions up to eight metres without planning permission as part of a shake-up intended to boost the economy.

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