Media Watch – April 8

By on 08/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Investigation begins after mosque collapse (national and local coverage): Acivico, which is contracted by the city council to deal with building issues, is to investigate the collapse of a mosque in Walford Road, Sparkbrook.

Landmark library’s opening hours slashed (I paper): Report on the cut to the library’s opening hours, stating it will only be open for six hours at weekends.

Birmingham admits shortfall (Local Government Chronicle):  Report based on chief executive Mark Rogers’ comments, made after the council’s improvement plan was approved by a government-appointed panel last week.

He is quoted as saying: “While we will try and plan for 2021 on the basis that’s when the finances stabilise, I’m sceptical there is enough money in the system. I think lots of councils are worrying they won’t be able to meet their statutory duties.”

Cities unready for welfare rollout (Local Government Chronicle): Report on concerns raised about the speed of the national rollout of universal credit in Birmingham and Newcastle, where councils have indicated they are struggling with their preparations.  Martin O’Neill, Birmingham City Council’s head of benefits quoted.

Midland Metro route extension agreed (Local Transport Today):  Centro and Birmingham City Council have chosen an extension route through Digbeth, running from Bull Street in the city centre to the proposed HS2 rail station at Curzon Street.

Regional headlines

Tenth anniversary of the closure of MG Rover site at Longbridge. Administrators dealing with the collapse of UK car firm are attempting to recover £56m in overpaid VAT.

A Birmingham accountant has died after falling from a 14th floor balcony of a hotel,  during a trip to New York.

National headlines

Data on all passengers leaving the UK is to be collected and handed to the Home Office under a scheme being phased in at ports and border crossings.

Thieves who broke into a vault in Hatton Garden, central London, stole up to 300 safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend.

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