Media Watch – Nov 16

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fatal fire damage bills sent to victim (Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Metro) Further coverage of the case of Robert Peden, a council tenant who was sent a bill for a door smashed down by firefighters during a fire in which he lost his life.

Mercy plea for Twitter councillor (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has said she does not want city councillor Gareth Compton to face charges over the comments he made about her on social network website Twitter.

Teacher backs ‘direct action’ (Birmingham Mail) Leading local NUT member Doug Morgan has been criticised by Conservative city councillors including Cabinet Member Cllr Les Lawrence after he made comments supporting the occupation of the Conservative Party offices by student protesters last week.

The houses that Roy built…and may now have to tear down (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of the dispute between the council and property developers over a strip of land at Hob Moor Road, which could ultimately result in houses built at the site being demolished.

UK council leader plans trip to capital seeking funds (The National) ABU DHABI // The Birmingham city council hopes the tie-up with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) will provide the spark to reignite the debt-saddled city’s economic growth. The council’s leader, Mike Whitby, will make an official visit to the capital in February with a group of Birmingham’s business leaders. The city is under pressure to save £75 million in the next year under wide-ranging budget cuts, and is desperately seeking investment.

Firms vote to set up fourth Birmingham Bid (Regeneration and Renewal) Businesses in Birmingham’s Southside quarter have voted to set up a community-backed investment fund that will help finance local environmental improvements and promote the area’s image over the next five years.

Making way for the new Kings Heath square (About My Area) Two more pieces of the Kings Heath town square jigsaw have been slotted into place by Birmingham City Council. Ward councillor Mike Leddy says the two steps will allow work to begin soon on creating the new All Saints square ready for a grand opening next summer.

Regional Headlines

The Yard of Ale pub, known as the Tavern in the Town when bombed in Birmingham in 1974, has closed.

A Birmingham jewellery company has repeated its disappointment at not winning the contract to produce medals for the London 2012 Olympics.

National Headlines

Around a dozen men, who accused British security forces of colluding in their torture overseas, are to get millions in compensation from the UK government.

Eurozone ministers prepare to meet in Brussels as speculation increases that Ireland may be forced to accept EU bail-out money to tackle its financial crisis.

There are four times as many young carers in the UK than previously officially recognised, figures published by the BBC suggest.

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