Media Watch – April 29

By on 29/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City MP Dromey backs council’s living wage plea (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP (Jack Dromey) has welcomed the city councils plans to ensure that its contractors pay staff at least a living wage of £7.45 per hour – to lift them out of poverty and get them off benefits.

Poverty fear as foodbank calls treble in region (Birmingham Mail) Demand for handouts from emergency foodbanks has tripled in the West Midlands in the past year, new figures have revealed. Cllr John Cotton quoted on Birmingham City Council’s work with partner organisations across the city.

Social housing is quietly making a comeback (The Economist) Article looking at the work of Birmingham’s Municipal Housing trust.

Thousands celebrate Sikh festival (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Asian Voice) Thousands of people have joined celebrations at a Birmingham park to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

Beggar hit by city ban for two years (Birmingham Mail) An aggressive beggar has been banned from Moseley, Kings Heath and most of Birmingham city centre.

Rogue traders warned there’s nowhere to hide (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs and police officers across the Midlands joined forces in a bid to stop rogue traders wreaking misery.

Follow a few simple rules to avoid a holiday from hell (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offering advice to consumers.

It’s our job to stop ticket touts in their tracks (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at the work of Birmingham City Council’s trading standards team to tackle online ticket scams.

£20,000 payout for girl abused by mother (Sunday Times) A woman has won £20,000 in damages from a city council for social workers’ failure to take her away from her abusive mother when she was a child.

Loan shark’s £1m stashed in bank (Daily Mirror) A loan shark who claimed he was a delivery man was found to have more than £1 million tucked away in bank accounts. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Birmingham gives Freedom of City to 3rd Battalion The Rifles (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham streets came to a standstill as crowds paid tribute to soldiers awarded the Freedom of the City.

Tolkien’s Hobbit to be first book on library shelf (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) Readers have chosen J R R Tolkien's classic fantasy tale The Hobbit as the first book to grace the showpiece Centenary Square building.

Thousands miss out in school place rush (Birmingham Mail) More than one in ten Birmingham children missed out on their first choice of primary school as fierce competition for places took hold.

Regional Headlines

Yeung pleads not guilty in Hong Kong
Birmingham City Football Club owner Carson Yeung pleads not guilty to money-laundering charges in Hong Kong and moves to have the case thrown out.

New concourse at New Street station
A new concourse opens to passengers as part of a £600m redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

National Headlines

Major benefits shake-up begins
A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts on Monday, with the first claims being made for a new universal credit payment.

Police urged to focus on prevention
Police should focus more on preventing crime than catching criminals, the new chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales is to say.

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