Media Watch – Dec 18

By on 18/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Anger as city airport rejected for upgrade (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Angry business leaders accused a Government-backed inquiry of issuing a ‘sticking plaster’ report into UK air travel after rejecting the expansion of Birmingham airport. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

The year government cuts changed the face of the welfare state (Guardian) From the dramatic rise of food banks to the drastic withdrawal of benefits, Guardian writers assess how the coalition’s austerity measures have left millions of households across Britain struggling to survive. Birmingham City Council referenced.

Call to name library as Mandela tribute (Birmingham Mail) Listeners to a Birmingham radio station (New Style) have called for the Library of Birmingham to be renamed in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

City course in swing after £2.5m refurb (Birmingham Mail) A golf club (Hatchford Brook) which has undergone a £2.5 million refurbishment after being taken over by a social enterprise has been officially opened.

Longbridge 400 homes plan gets green light (Birmingham Mail) Scheme on former Rover works site approved despite fears over potential loss of industrial land.

Regional Headlines

Trust ‘must improve waiting times’
An NHS trust that runs three West Midlands hospitals is warned it needs to improve waiting times in A&E, by health regulator Monitor.

‘Arsonists’ torch fifty cars in Smethwick scrapyard fire
Arsonists caused a fifty car fire overnight at a West Midlands scrapyard, police believe.

National Headlines

EU benefit changes ‘to start early’
Curbs on EU migrants claiming out-of-work benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK are being brought in early, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Call for some prisoners to get vote
Prisoners serving jail terms of a year or less and those nearing release should be entitled to vote, a cross-party parliamentary committee says.

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