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Media watch – Jan 24

Media watch – Jan 24

🕔24.Jan 2013

via » Media Watch January 24, 2013 at 09:19AM

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

‘Disgrace’ of council’s £800,000 accounting shambles (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has been hit with a bill of more than £800,000 after having to get outside help to file accounts for the year2010-11. Details were revealed in the draft accounts for 2011-12 after they were opened for inspection

City’s £15m ‘call to arms’ to tackle youth jobs crisis (Birmingham Post) Sir Albert Bore pledged a new campaign will make a huge difference to the city’s youth unemployment rates – one of the worst in the country

Bore joins supercabinet to battle ‘immoral cuts’ (Birmingham Post) The council leader has been given the transport portfolio in the core cities ‘supercabinet’

English exam fiasco fails to quell success in city/Birmingham bucks trend to post best ever results (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Page of stories about Birmingham’s success in today’s national league tables. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted

School closures set firms back £100m as workers stay away (Birmingham Post) Business leaders have called for a more joined-up approach to school closures, estimating the city’s economy lost £100,000 in the cold snap

City’s smart thinking is ‘incomprehensible drivel’ (Birmingham Post) A vision statement for Birmingham’s bid to be at the forefront of the information age has been slated as ‘meaningless drivel’ by a council watchdog committee. Cllr James McKay rejected the criticism, saying it had been well-received by potential investors and the business community

Tip-top treasures saved from scrapheap (Birmingham Mail) The Re-users store at the council’s Norris Way recycling centre will stock restored items that would otherwise be thrown away. Cllr McKay quoted

Anger as snow puts freeze on bin collections (Birmingham Mail) Some rubbish has not been collected in Birmingham, Solihull and Dudley due to adverse weather.

Thumbs up to live viewings of meetings (Birmingham Mail) The decision to broadcast Birmingham council meetings online has raised the standard of debate, a report has concluded

Regional Headlines:

John Lewis hire 750 in Brum (Sun) Department store chain John Lewis wants to hire 750 staff for its new store opening in 2014 at New Street station

Signal failure hits rail services (BBC online) A number of train services are affected for a second day by signalling problems at New Street station

National Headlines:

Businesses divided over EU speech – The prime minister’s speech on a proposed referendum on EU membership has divided businesses

More immigration backlogs found – Immigration inspectors have found more UK Border Agency backlogs in its latest probe


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