Media Watch – April 5

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The party is over for royals in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham risks being branded a city of party poopers after only a dozen applications were made to hold street parties for the Royal Wedding.

Ward End School doubling reception intake from 60 to 120 from September 2011. (BBC WM)

Gay IVF clinic boss admits health benefit con (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s finance chief has warned that benefit fraudsters will not escape as the owner of a new IVF clinic for gay couples appeared in court to answer charges yesterday.

Birmingham community groups praised for helping city go green (Birmingham Post.net) Community groups have been praised for helping to make Birmingham a leading green city. Twelve community awards and two individual recognition awards were presented at the Making Birmingham Green Community Awards.

Birmingham City Council business transformation triumphs (sustainablegov.co.uk) Best known for being the UK’s second city, Birmingham is being courted by international public sector administrators and private enterprise for the success of its ambitious Business Transformation scheme.

Tax cheats caught via council data bank (UK Authority Report) Birmingham City Council has identified £6.8 million worth of fraudulent and incorrect claims for single person council tax discounts, by using data held across its various systems.

‘Council housing finance reforms – about time too’ (24Housing) Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines and Housing Director Elaine Elkington welcome changes to the financial system for running council housing services.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham flats evacuated due to electrical fire
A block of flats in Birmingham has been evacuated after an electrical fire.

Fire union claims public ‘at risk’ from staff changes
Union officials have claimed staffing changes imposed by West Midlands Fire Service could put the safety of the public at risk.

Driver jailed after killing baby in Smethwick crash
A banned driver who killed a baby during a hit-and-run crash while on bail for another driving offence has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

National Headlines

Koussa meeting over Lockerbie ‘could be within days’
Prosecutors investigating the Lockerbie bombing have said steps are being taken to arrange a meeting with the former Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Koussa “in the next few days”.

Arms export deals: MPs criticise UK’s stance
Ministers past and present have been criticised over the UK’s export of weapons to regimes in Africa and the Middle East.

Social mobility: Clegg to pledge ‘fair chance’ for all
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will pledge to give everyone a “fair chance” of success as he launches the government strategy on social mobility.

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