Media Watch – March 23

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Be Active scheme to continue (BBC WM) Cllr Martin Mullaney and John Denley (Associate Director of Public Health for NHS South Birmingham) on why continued funding of the award-winning Be Active scheme is great news for Birmingham.

Public debate key to spending priorities (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes looks at local government finance.

Birmingham housing chiefs hand over new homes for heroes (West Midlands Housing News) Three out of 12 properties exclusively for ex-armed service personnel have been handed over to former soldiers following an initiative spearheaded by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines.

Councillor accused of ‘being drunk’ at meeting (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Victoria Quinn) has been accused of turning up drunk to a public meeting.

More secrets of the Hoard revealed (Birmingham Mail) New images from the Staffordshire Hoard will be unveiled to the world for the first time in a live webchat later today.

Parents in call for head to go (Birmingham Mail) Furious parents have called for the head of a troubled school (Castle Vale Performing Arts College) to step down over fears staff strikes will wreck their children’s futures.

Recession is blamed for sale of dodgy booze (Birmingham Mail) The economic climate is tempting cash-strapped Birmingham off-licenses and pubs to sell illegal and potentially deadly booze – putting consumers’ lives at risk, watchdogs have revealed.

Sarehole Mill in bread bid (Birmingham Mail) Tourists could be taking home freshly baked bread at an attraction (Sarehole Mill) which is said to have inspired Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.

Fury over council’s accounts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council over valued its assets by £1.2 billion and double counted Private Finance Initiative payments in a set of accounts only just signed off by official auditors.

Regional Headlines

UK soldier killed in blast named
A soldier killed in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan on Wednesday is named by the Ministry of Defence as Capt Rupert Bowers.

Dialysis patients in cuts protest
Kidney patients stage a protest against the private company running their dialysis unit after health care assistants were laid-off.

National Headlines

Minimum price for alcohol planned
The government is proposing a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol in England and Wales in an effort to end a culture of binge drinking.

Empty shops rate hits new record
The proportion of shops in Britain lying empty hit a new record, a further sign of a difficult start to the year for retailers.

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