Media Watch – September 9

By on 09/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council set to net £18m from ads (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Birmingham City Council plans to set up 35 new billboard and big screen advertising sites in the city in a bid to earn £18 million over the next ten years.

Festival of free fun (Birmingham Mail) Double-page preview of this weekend’s Birmingham artsfest. Top indie band The Guillemots top the bill in a free headlining show.

Fight to return gardening show (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor wants to launch a fight to bring the Gardeners’ Weekend show back to Kings Heath Park.

Travellers moved on (Birmingham Mail) A convoy of travellers in 30 caravans have been moved on from land in a Birmingham suburb (Stirchley).

Fire school plan backed (Birmingham Mail) The Harborne Primary School severely damaged by fire is to be rebuilt following a meeting of council bosses.

‘Angry Wall’ part of park’s major revamp (Birmingham Mail) The Angry Wall which marked a dispute between two of Birmingham’s most historic figures is among the features which could be restored under a revamp of Highbury Park.

Birmingham and Extracare announce new project (Community Care Market News) The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council have released details of the latest extra care facility to be built under their partnership.

Councils criticised over loss of data (Municipal Journal) Technology experts have urged councils to improve their data management, after a comprehensive Freedom of Information survey revealed town halls had lost the personal details of more than 160,000 people over the past five years.

Birmingham City Council accounts reveal £1.4bn DB deficit (Professional Pensions) Birmingham City Council has disclosed a defined benefit scheme of £1.4bn in its latest set of accounts.

Localism bill: cities primed for ‘devolution deal’ amendment (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes quoted in article looking at how cities are poised to benefit from a new devolution deal that could see a raft of powers over economic development, transport and regeneration handed down from Whitehall.

Extra £17m cost from Birmingham (Local Government Chronicle) The successful judicial review that halted Birmingham City Council’s plans to substantially alter its adult social care offer could dent the city’s savings target by at least £17.5 million.

Emergency alerts for Birmingham (Retail Newsagent) Birmingham City Council has launched a free messaging service to alert retailers to emergencies in their postcode area.

Regional Headlines

Riots change police riot tactics
New tactics are being developed by West Midlands Police to deal with public disorder in response to the large-scale looting in the Birmingham riots.

Simmonds eyes ‘spectacular’ triumph Watch
Double Beijing 2008 Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, from Aldridge, says it would be “amazing and spectacular” to win gold in London in front of her friends and family.

Jaguar reveals ‘E-type successor’
British luxury car maker Jaguar, which has a plant at Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, has released photos of a new two-seater sports car.

National Headlines

Ban on injury claim referral fees
The Ministry of Justice announces it is to ban referral fees in personal injury claims in an attempt to curb the UK’s “compensation culture”.

Wide variations in rape records
New figures show wide disparities in the way that police forces in England and Wales record allegations of rape.

2012 Paralympic tickets on sale
Tickets for the London 2012 Paralympics are now on sale, with people given just over a fortnight to apply.

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