Media Watch – February 15

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£300m council house revamp (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of council house tenants are set to receive upgraded fitted kitchens, bathrooms, central heating , locks and windows in a £300 million investment programme.

Last chance for boiler repair firm (Birmingham Mail) A boiler repair firm accused of leaving families without heating in the run-up to Christmas has won a stay of execution despite still being behind on repair targets.

Director of Birmingham Museums Trust appointed (Museums Journal, Birmingham Mail) Ann Sumner has been appointed as the first director of Birmingham Museums Trust, the new body responsible for running Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) and Thinktank.

Stars start fun for Big Brum Run (Birmingham Mail)
The 2012 Bupa Great Birmingham Run was launched yesterday amid a mass of balloons, soap stars and Olympians.

Fire service council tax bill frozen (Birmingham Mail)
The amount people in the West Midlands pay for the Fire Service is to be frozen for the second year running after councillors voted against a controversial lan to make them pay more.

On your marks for top summer of sport in city (Birmingham Mail)
An exciting summer of sport is being tipped to secure Birmingham’s legacy as a top international venue and place the city in the global spotlight.

11,000 ‘deadly’ chargers seized after tip-off (Birmingham Mail)
Thousands of potentially deadly laptop chargers and leads have been seized in raids on three warehouses in Birmingham.

£22m retirement village opens in Newtown (Housing Weekly News)
Birmingham’s new £22m retiree village has opened its doors.

Regional Headlines

Sister wants pub bombings inquiry
A sister of one of the Birmingham pub bombings victims starts a petition to open a public inquiry into the attacks.

Hospital wards shut due to bug
Wards at two West Midlands hospitals are closed to visitors due to an outbreak of norovirus.

National Headlines

PM targets binge drink ‘scandal’
The prime minister is to call for bars, supermarkets and the drinks industry in England to do more to help tackle the “scandal” of alcohol abuse.

Payout of £600k over witness risk
A family was paid more than £600,000 in damages and costs by the Crown Prosecution Service and Met Police after a child witness was put at risk.

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