Media Watch – April 11

By on 11/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Admission impossible (TES Magazine) The annual scramble for school places can bring out the worst in parents. Adi Bloom spent a day with the frontline troubleshooters in Europe's biggest local authority to find out how they cope with it.

Sizzling day a boost for our heroes (Birmingham Mail) A red hot curry cook off (the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry) in Birmingham’s Victoria Square sent temperatures soaring as more than £50,000 was raised for serving and former soldiers.

I’m donating my precious Batman haul to a library(Birmingham Mail) A Midland author is donating a haul of Batman memorabilia to Birmingham Central Library tomorrow.

Town Halls face legal threat over cuts (Inside Housing) £1.4 million Birmingham cuts ruled unlawful in the High Court.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s The Poetry of Drawing exhibition highlighted in The Independent listings as one of the ‘cultural highlights you have to see’.

Tubby Tory in ‘pig at trough’ row (Birmingham Mail) An overweight council hopeful (Gary Sambrook) is locked in a row with a rival over a leaflet asking ‘Who ate all the pies?’

£7k fraud woman is spared jail (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A woman from Birmingham who wrongly claimed more than £7,000 in housing benefit has been spared jail.

Hundreds at risk if homes go bust (Birmingham Mail) Up to 421 elderly and vulnerable people whose residential costs are met by Birmingham City Council are at ‘serious risk’ if nursing home operator Southern Cross crashes, it has been claimed.

Ex-Mayor: I’ll consider a comeback (Birmingham Mail) A former Lord Mayor of Birmingham – controversially dumped by the Labour Party – has not given up on a return to the council in future.

Birmingham claims fraud find through data warehouse (Guardian) City council uncovers incorrect and bogus claims for council tax discounts

Regional Headlines

Stabbed baby boy critical after attack in Handsworth
A two-month-old baby is in a critical but stable condition following surgery after being repeatedly stabbed in Birmingham.

Electoral boundary change ‘means fewer MPs’
Two MPs could go from the Black Country, two from Staffordshire and one from Herefordshire, when electoral boundaries change, researchers say.

Two arrested over fatal crash in Dudley
Two men have been arrested after a man died and three people were hurt in a crash in the Black Country.

National Headlines

Retail banks should be ring-fenced, says commission
UK banks’ retail operations should be “ring-fenced” from their investment banking arms, the Independent Commission on Banking has recommended.

Nuclear submarine sailor charged with murder
A man has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder following a shooting on board nuclear submarine HMS Astute.

NHS reform: Front-line clinical jobs ‘under threat’
Front-line clinical jobs in the NHS are under threat in England, a union says.

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