Media Watch – December 7

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Top 10 best Christmas markets (Independent) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in a feature looking at festive markets across the UK.

City libraries will be spared the axe (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) All of Birmingham’s 39 community libraries will remain open despite harsh Government spending cuts, the city’s leisure chief has vowed. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Housing repair bill hits £800m (Birmingham Mail) Almost 120,000 privately-owned homes in Birmingham do not meet decent living standards, it has been revealed. Many are without adequate bathrooms or heating, the city council was told.

OAPs given free train travel vow (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s public transport chief has poured cold water on suggestions that pensioners might have to pay for rail and tram passes which are currently free. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Birmingham and West Midlands gritter updates (Birmingham Post) Twitter stream for combined West Midlands gritting alerts now added to the Birmingham Post website.

Markets a city lifeline (Birmingham Mail) A passionate defence of Birmingham’s wholesale markets was launched with the publication of a report on its importance to the fabric of the city.

Council milestone in service modernisation (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) A company created by Birmingham City Council to offer a range of services to the council and other public and private sector organisations has been officially launched.

Affordable rent (24Housing) Cabinet Member for Housing,Cllr John Lines, outlines how Birmingham City Council has worked hard with the local Homes and Communities Agency area team to secure substantial investment over the last few years.

Regional Headlines

Food giant Kraft to axe 200 jobs
Kraft Foods is to cut 200 jobs at sites in Birmingham, Herefordshire and Wrexham despite planning to spend £50m on chocolate and biscuit production.

Police hear youth view on gangs
Young people from across the West Midlands are to tell the police about the impact of gang culture.

National Headlines

Clarke rejects EU power grab call
Ken Clarke tells eurosceptics not to expect powers to be grabbed back from the EU as David Cameron says he will not sign any reworked treaty if it does not protect UK interests.

Lifestyle ‘behind 40% of cancers’
Over 40% of cancers diagnosed each year in the UK are caused by avoidable lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, a review reveals.

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