Media Watch – April 18

By on 18/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Man kicked out of council house over 'drugs equipment' (B'ham Mail) A council tenant has been evicted after police found potential 'cannabis growing equipment during a raid - but no drugs. Cllr Steve Bedser said: “The council is very pleased that the judge awarded possession of the property in this case…”

Task force to help 14,000 city families crippled by benefits cuts (B'ham Post) City leaders fear a knock-on effect to Birmingham's struggling economy after a new study into benefit cuts. Birmingham City Council has established a task force to help thousands of poor families from plunging into poverty by the overhaul designed to curb rising welfare spending.

Autism plan to raise awareness (B'ham Mail) A new strategy to raise awareness of autism and the way it is treated has been launched in Birmingham.  Cllr Steve Bedser has helped develop the awareness strategy.

Money museum idea for municipal bank building (B'ham Post) Birmingham's historic Municipal Bank is to be put on the market by council bosses prompting calls for it to be used as a museum of finance banking and industry. Deputy Leader said: “Given its location on Centenary Square I would have thought it would be ideally suited to a cultural use.”

Council lowers flag for Thatcher's funeral (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Birmingham's Lord a Lady Mayoress paid their respects outside the Council House as the flag was flown at half mast during Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

Big Cities go it alone to lobby Whitehall on cuts (B'ham Post) Birmingham City Council's set to leave the Local Government Association in the latest evidence of a regional political divide over spending cuts. The Council along with other Core Cities, has given 12 months notice to the body designed to give national voice to local government concerns.

Sutton closes in on referendum over breakaway council (B'ham Post) Campaigners battling for greater independence for Sutton Coldfield claim they are closing in on the petition target needed to trigger a referendum on setting up a town council.

Clancy's 'positive' bid to take over Labour leadership (B'ham Post) Labour backbencher has launched his second bid to become Birmingham City Council leader with a pledge to get the city building  and investing in small businesses.

Regional Headlines

Severe fire at Birmingham Smurfit Kappa paper mill.
About 10,000 tonnes of cardboard are on fire at a paper mill in Birmingham.

Meriden Gypsies to leave camp after losing legal fight
The last Gypsy family living on an illegal camp in the West Midlands have said they will leave the site later, after they lost a legal battle to stay.

National Headlines

Right to die: Paul Lamb takes up Tony Nicklinson fight
A paralysed man is taking up the legal challenge previously mounted by the late Tony Nicklinson for the right to die with the help of a doctor.
Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams dies at 62
Mrs Williams, who had fought for the new inquest into her son Kevin’s death in the 1989 football tragedy, had been suffering from cancer.

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