Media Watch – October 12

By on 12/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Triple-A Brummies deserve tax reward (Daily Telegraph, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has a better credit rating from Standard and Poor’s than the US.

Birmingham City Council gets a triple credit rating (West Midlands Housing News) Credit ratings for Birmingham City Council have been officially published for the first time, underlining the authority’s strong financial standing and management.

Lottery plans for Birmingham (B'ham Mail) Birmingham could get its own version of the national lottery.  The City Council is looking at the possibility of raising money to underpin services in a weekly draw.

NIA to get £20m makeover (B'ham Mail) A £20 million new look has been promised for Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.  The modernisation scheme is the first major change since the Arena opened.

Brum tenants encouraged to get ready for winter (West Midlands Housing News) Council house tenants in Birmingham are being reminded to give the winter weather the cold shoulder this year by making their central heating works now.

Birmingham council tenants bloom in floral competition (West Midlands Housing News) Fantastic floral efforts by gardeners and flower growers across Birmingham have been rewarded in a ceremony at the Council House.

Care homes under consideration (B'ham Mail) Union leaders have claimed council-run children's homes and 170 jobs are under threat from closure to due to council savings.  The council said proposals for looked after children have been shaped to make the service more efficient and effective for young people.  Full details will be revealed later today at the council's budget consultation.

Pype Hayes firework display scaled down (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Repeat of last week's Sutton Observer story that the firework spectacular will continue at Pype Hayes Park on November 5 but there will be no bonfire this year.

Regional Headlines:
Hospital charity profits from News of the World final edition
A Birmingham charity has received almost a million pounds from the profits of the final edition of the News of the World.

Campaigners deliver HS2 petition to Downing Street. Campaigners opposed to the government’s proposed high-speed rail project have handed in a petition to Downing Street. The petition against HS2, which would connect London to Birmingham at a cost of £17bn, has about 108,000 signatures.

National Headlines:
Dale Farm: High Court ruling on eviction due
Residents at Dale Farm, the UK’s largest illegal travellers’ site will learn later if they have won their High Court battle against eviction.

Bombardier workers lobby MPs over jobs
Workers from a Derby train builder are to lobby MPs over jobs losses after the firm missed out on a £1.4bn contract.

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