Media Watch – March 18

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£60k for OAP who stopped pension claim (Birmingham Mail) A disabled Birmingham, pensioner in her 80s is celebrating after pocketing an astonishing £60,000 in unclaimed benefits. The woman failed to claim her state pension but the mix-up was discovered by Birmingham City Council’s Benefit Advice Team.

Pollution threat to Brum jobs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s climate change and sustainability committee has been told more than a third of jobs in Birmingham could be at risk if the city fails to develop a low carbon green economy.

City slammed over red tape mountain (Birmingham Mail) Voluntary groups wishing to help out Birmingham social services by looking after elderly people have been told they must wade through a 145-page application form if they want to apply for city council grants. Clarification: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/application-form-for-third-sector-funding-clarification/

Conference to discuss art show (Birmingham Mail) A conference discussion pre-Raphaelite artists is being held in Birmingham over the next two days.

Cabbies in front seat over rules (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s army of black cab drivers will be asked whether or not they want to take passengers in the front seat.

Abu Dhabi set to unlock £18bn of construction in Birmingham (Construction News) A memorandum of understanding signed with Abu Dhabi will help unlock billions of pounds of stalled development in Birmingham, city council leader Mike Whitby has said.

Birmingham to limit adult care (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved adult social care reforms that will effectively limit support to those classified as ‘critical’.

Councils face housing ‘time bomb’ over MoD review (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council this week became the first council to build family homes specifically for ex-servicemen. Other councils could be forced to follow suit.

Regional Headlines

Japanese students in Birmingham raise thousands
Japanese students at the University of Birmingham have spearheaded a campaign which has seen £16,000 raised in just a few days.

Lozells knifeman ‘confessed to Young-Sam stabbing’
An Asian man accused of murdering a black man during disturbances in Birmingham “confessed” the crime to friends, a court has heard.

National Headlines

Libya: Tory MP David Davis urges UK defence rethink
The crisis in Libya should prompt an immediate reversal of cuts to the defence budget, a senior Tory MP says.

Life expectancy on the rise ‘despite obesity epidemic’
Life expectancy in the UK is on the rise, along with the rest of Europe, despite fears over the impact of obesity, a population expert has said.

Prince William remembers NZ and Japan quake victims
Prince William has offered condolences to the people of Japan, while paying tribute to the victims of last month’s earthquake in New Zealand.

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