Media Watch – April 6

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Behind the scenes Staffordshire Hoard tour featured on BBC WM.

Home help reducing energy consumption (Guardian) Householders in Birmingham are being shown how to reduce their energy use through a pioneering home-monitoring system, developed by the city council and a housing association as part of a wider EU project.

Energy research gets green light (Guardian) Article looking at a project involving Birmingham City Council that looks at how organisations in the West Midlands can reduce their carbon emissions.

Virtual library digitalisation by the book (Guardian) The multi-million pound new Library of Birmingham will be the most visible manifestation of the way the city is embracing the digitalisation of everyday life.

Ex-Labour faces bid for council seats (Birmingham Mail) A number of former Labour councillors are making bids to return to Birmingham City Council benches in the forthcoming local elections next month.

Extra time granted for street party bids (Birmingham Mail) Brummie patriots have been given extra time to organise street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding in the city.

Harry Potter publicity team to push library (Birmingham Mail) The top London PR team behind Harry Potter author JK Rowling and a host of high-brow literary events has been awarded a £292,000 contract to promote the new Library of Birmingham over the next three years.

Dozens left powerless by flat fire (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Dozens of young families, including a heavily pregnant mum of one, will have no power for days after the electric supply caught fire in a block of flats.

Tennis court is a smash hit (Birmingham Mail) A City Council run indoor tennis centre is Kings Heath has won national acclaim for bringing the sport to a wider audience.

Scottish councils ‘top of league for bailiff use’(Independent, Daily Telegraph, PA Newswire) Story looking at the use of bailiffs by local authorities shows Birmingham, as the largest local authority, is third in the UK ‘league table’ behind Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham flat fire: one dead and two injured
A woman has died and two men were taken to hospital following a fire at a flat in Birmingham.

Gambler Kuldip Sander jailed over £60m VAT fraud
A money launderer and prolific gambler has been jailed for seven years for his part in a £60m mobile phone VAT fraud. Kuldip Singh Sander, 50, from Perry Barr in Birmingham, who was convicted of money laundering offences, was the last of 17 defendants to be sentenced.

National Headlines

Fightback begins over NHS plans
The government will attempt to wrestle back the initiative on its NHS shake-up in England by launching a “listening exercise” later.

Benefit cuts: Labour warns of ‘Black Wednesday’
Labour says benefit cuts coming into force will make it a “Black Wednesday” for families across Britain.

Ronan Kerr murder: policeman’s funeral due
The funeral will take place later of Ronan Kerr, the 25-year-old police officer who was killed in Omagh, County Tyrone, on Saturday.

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