Media Watch – April 22

By on 22/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Jobcentre staff accused by councils of failing to alert public to poverty loans (The Guardian) Local authorities say their crisis support schemes, many reliant on charity and suffering from cuts, are struggling to cope. The issue is said to be a national one. England’s eight biggest city councils - Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Sheffield - have sent a joint letter to the Department of Work and Pensions asking why jobcentres are not issuing the loans.

Brum’s bike revolution is revealed (Birmingham Mail) Plans to transform Birmingham’s biking infrastructure have been revealed to city cyclists. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/04/bid-for-17m-birmingham-cycle-revolution/

Danger phone chargers seized in raid (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council Trading Standards officers have seized thousands of potentially deadly exploding mobile phone chargers in a raid on a Birmingham business.

May date set for wheelie bin delivery (Birmingham Mail) The first wheelie bins from the council’s £29 million city wide scheme will be delivered to houses in Brandwood from the end of next month, it has been revealed.

Black Wednesday for rogue traders (Birmingham Mail) article looking at the misery caused by rogue traders and the work being done by Birmingham City Council Trading Standards officers to protect residents.

Beware calls too good to be true… they usually are (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice for residents when dealing with cold calls.

2,400 jobs hope for science base (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is to buy a nine acre former industrial site to pave the way for a life sciences technology and industrial development.

By George (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, BBC) Coverage of Birmingham’s St George’s Day celebrations.

Regional Headlines

Lorries in free toll road trial
Lorries are given permission to use the M6 toll road for free throughout July.

Fire suspect ‘unfit for interview’
A man arrested in connection with a house fire in which a woman died and her daughter was severely burnt is unfit to be interviewed, police said.

National Headlines

Nurses brand reforms as ‘stupid’
Nurses’ leaders have branded parts of the government’s plans to reform the profession as “stupid”, at their annual conference.

Few planning to migrate to UK – poll
The coming end of EU work restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria is having little impact on their plans to move, BBC surveys suggest.

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