Media Watch – February 3

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The Library of Birmingham featured on Channel 4 News ahead of National Libraries Day.

Uncollected city tax is the UK’s highest (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham, the UK’s largest local authority, has the country’s highest level of uncollected Council Tax.

Tram depot owner told: Clean it up (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a crumbling landmark tram depot has been given a year to put it right or face legal action.

City council website shut down by computer hackers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s £2.8 million website has been offline after falling victim to online attackers.

£1.2 m payout for riots damage (Birmingham Mail) Around 900 riot-hit Birmingham businesses received £1.2 million in council aid to recover trade from last August’s disturbances.

City’s biggest regeneration scheme back on track (Birmingham Mail) A high profile regeneration scheme (Icknield Port Loop) that faltered as the economy collapsed has been given fresh hope after the landowners submitted new plans and the Government pledged funds to kickstart stalled projects.

Top city museums offer jobs booster (Birmingham Mail) Jobs are on offer at some of Birmingham’s top museums. Birmingham Museums Trust is hiring people as visitor services assistants at Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Motorists cut off as park by phone service switches over (Birmingham Mail)
Motorists were left confused and angry after trying to pay for parking in the city centre using their phones- only to discover they couldn’t.

Clock Tower deal’s ‘£700k loss’ (Birmingham Mail) The sale of a landmark building has left Birmingham City Council nursing a £700,000 loss, it has been claimed by an opposition councillor (Cllr James McKay)

Why Birmingham believes less is so much more… (Local Government Chronicle) Last month the consultation phase for the government’s Green Deal programme closed. Birmingham City Council launched its Birmingham Energy Savers – Delivery Partner Scheme in September.

Pilgrimage con foiled (TS Today) In what is thought to be the first result of its kind, an investigation by Birmingham Trading Standards has led to a crook being jailed for defrauding a Muslim family who thought they were paying to make a sacred journey.

Birmingham appoints new director (Municipal Journal) A new strategic director for children, young people and families has been appointed by Birmingham City Council.

‘Temporary’ solution offers hope to city’s homeless (Municipal Journal)
Birmingham City Council has launched a new approach to tackle homelessness and get more people into secure accommodation.

New fund for local improvements across Birmingham (Local Authority Building and Maintenance)
Work to enhance popular and much-loved facilities across the city is set to begin as part of a £7m programme launched by Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham loan shark jailed after failing to pay back to the courts (West Midlands Housing News) A convicted loan shark has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to pay back the cash he had profited illegally.

Regional Headlines

Train derails on West Coast line
A freight train derails on the West Coast main line causing disruption between the West Midlands and London Euston.

‘Suspicious’ hostel death checked

Police are investigating the “suspicious” death of a man at a hostel in Birmingham.

National Headlines

GP leaders turn backs on NHS plan
The Royal College of GPs calls for the health bill to be scrapped, heaping more pressure on the government’s controversial reforms in England.

Huhne speeding case decision due
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne finds out later whether he will face charges over claims he asked his wife to accept a penalty for speeding on his behalf.

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