Media Watch – July 3

By on 03/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Meals on wheels to rocket by £45 a month (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Users of a service supplied by private provider ICare face an increase in meal costs - which they say are necessary after the end of a council subsidy. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted as urging the firm to 'rethink' the plan.

Ex-soldier jailed for school blaze (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the court case into a fire that caused £400,000 of damage at John Willmott School in Sutton Coldfield in February.

Pub landlord plans protest over tax row (Birmingham Mail) The landlord of Birmingham's famous Dubliner Irish pub is set to stage a protest today over the use of bailiffs to collect debts that he owes the council. A local authority spokesperson quoted as saying that the council will pursue any monies owed to protect the public purse.

City Schools 'world class' claims Gove (Birmingham Mail) Two Birmingham schools have been praised as being 'world class' by Education Secretary Michael Gove.  Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks and Perry Beeches the Academy in Great Barr were singled out for special mention by the cabinet minister.

Metro tram extension (Passenger Transport) Cllr Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for development, jobs and skills works with representatives from Centro involved in the metro extension planned to travel through the city centre.

Regional Headlines

Midland rail users going to the Olympics may face rail disruption after unions vowed to stage a ballot for industrial action after a Virgin Trains manager was suspended in Birmingham for alleged poor time keeping.

A leading executive from the NHS in Worcestershire has admitted that if an A&E service is to be closed in the county, it is more likely to be the one at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital, rather than the unit at Worcester's Royal Hospital.

National Headlines
Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond resigns with immediate effect, less than a week after the bank was fined for manipulating inter-bank lending rates.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regrets “100 per cent” that a Turkish F-4 jet was shot down after entering Syrian airspace, he tells a Turkish newspaper.

Many patients face “shocking” delays for dementia diagnosis and treatment, according to a report by MPs and peers.


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