Media Watch – September 30

By on 30/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

27 apply for every place at faith school (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at the odds of getting a place at Birmingham secondary schools.

Plan to circle Birmingham with trees to protect green belt (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham could be surrounded with trees in a bid to stop the city spreading into the green belt under a new scheme being hatched by senior councillors.

14,000 council jobs go in two years (Birmingham Mail) Inaccurate claims that more than 14,000 jobs have been lost at Birmingham City Council in the past two-and-a-half years. The figure is in fact 5,547 http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/09/workforce-figures-a-clarification/

Club faces battle over late-night opening bid (Birmingham Mail) A Great Barr club’s plans to open until 2am six nights a week have prompted protests from neighbours.

Councillor in fight against cuts (Birmingham Mail) A labour councillor (Cllr Steve Bedser) has vowed to fight social care cuts in Birmingham following a meeting at his party’s conference.

Library of Birmingham tops out in Shakespearean style (New Civil Engineer) The £1.88 million Library of Birmingham has been topped out in a ceremony featuring Shakespearean performances and local poetry.

Birmingham details maintenance deal (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council created a new commissioning strategy for building projects and repairs that could give other councils the opportunity to share significant savings on projects worth up to £3.5bn.

Birmingham City Council in line for NHS legal work (Local Government Chronicle, Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council won the right to offer legal services to up to 70 NHS trusts over the next three years, in addition to its existing work with neighbouring councils and some London authorities.

Council bid to set up own energy company (iStockAnalyst) Birmingham City Council is aiming to slash residents’ gas and electric bills by setting up its own energy company.

Regional Headlines

Antibiotics ‘may have saved boy’
A three-year-old boy sent home from hospital with stomach medication would probably have lived if he had been given antibiotics, an inquest hears.

Ambulance service to honour staff
West Midlands Ambulance Service is to honour staff who were on duty during the August riots.

National Headlines

£250m to fund weekly bin rounds
The government is to pay councils in England to retain or restore weekly bin collections, under a new £250m fund to be launched next year.

Navy making first 1,000 job cuts
More than 1,000 Royal Navy personnel are to learn they are losing their jobs, as the defence secretary says military chiefs have to share the blame for cuts.

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