Media Watch – March 16

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pay per mile car share scheme (Birmingham Mail) A fleet of 250 Smart cars will be left on the streets of Birmingham for residents to pick up and use on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Loan shark’s profits go to good causes (Birmingham Mail)
Cash confiscated from loan sharks is set to be ploughed into Birmingham neighbourhoods in a bid to stop more crooks preying on vulnerable people.

Concern over dog fights in public (BBC) A report by Birmingham City Council highlights concern over dog fighting in public open spaces.

Birmingham’s £500k voluntary contribution (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City has awarded a £500,000 contract to its local Voluntary Service Council to help protect the city’s charity and community groups.

Policing of 2012 Olympics Jamaica squad visit discussed (BBC)
A group has been set up to influence policing during the Jamaican 2012 Olympic squad’s visit to the Midlands.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham’s Hobbit cafe may change name over legal row
A Birmingham cafe in the area where The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien grew up is planning to change its name after a legal row with a US film company.

Birmingham drug raid nets £200,000 in cash

Drugs and £200,000 in cash have been seized from a house in Birmingham, West Midlands Police have said.

National Headlines

Home care for elderly ‘shocking’
The standards of care provided to the elderly in their home in the UK has been labelled “shocking and disgraceful” by the consumer group Which?

Ministers mull top rate tax cut
Prime Minister David Cameron will discuss with top ministers on Friday to decide whether to cut the top rate of income tax.

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