Media Watch – Oct 19

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£1.8m bid for council houses (Birmingham Mail) The latest phase in Birmingham’s council house building programme has been approved – a £1.8 million plan for 92 homes at Newtown.

Fury at £1.8 million library repair (Birmingham Mail) Angry councillors have demanded that workers who ‘botched’ a repair job at a Birmingham Library (Sutton Coldfield) be brought to book.

Eleven Birmingham schools to lose specialist funding in new cuts (Birmingham Post.net) Ministers are to announce that 11 Birmingham schools will be stripped of hard-won ‘specialist’ status and funding of around £130,000 each, as part of the drastic round of spending cuts announced on Wednesday.

Birmingham City Council launches 4G licensed spectrum technology trial (24dash.com) Birmingham City Council, the largest city council in Europe, is working through Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA) with wireless company UKBroadband, to run one of the first city trials of next generation 4G technology in the UK.

Birmingham’s improved health and wellbeing provides telehealth and telecare model (24dash.com) New assisted living technologies, coupled with a joined up approach to health and social care, are helping to drive up health and wellbeing standards for thousands of people in the West Midlands, allowing them to live more independently and safely in their own homes and providing other authorities with a model for future strategies.

Birmingham Diwali celebrations (Asian Image) Birmingham’s free annual Diwali celebrations will this year be taking place in the National Indoor Arena (NIA) on Sunday October 31. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13198

Boffins put on running shoes (Birmingham Mail) Four Birmingham boffins will swap their lab coats for running singlets when they take part in the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13408

Regional Headlines

Police face legal threat over Birmingham ‘spy’ cameras
West Midlands Police is facing legal action if it does not remove all cameras controversially put up in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham.

Fire-hit school pupils taught in Black Country church
Pupils from a school almost destroyed by fire a week ago are being taught in a nearby church.

National Headlines

Defence review: HMS Ark Royal to be scrapped
The Royal Navy’s flagship, the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, is to be scrapped early as part of the government’s defence review.

Shoplifting cost UK stores £4.4bn, survey says
Shoplifters cost UK stores £4.4bn in the year to the end of June, a survey of 42,000 European retailers suggests.

Social housing budget ‘to be cut in half’
The social housing budget in England is to be cut by more than 50% in the Spending Review, the BBC understands.

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