Media Watch – Aug 22

By on 22/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The stage is set for opening night at the REP (Birmingham Post) A feature on the revamp of the Birmingham REP, set to open at the same time as the new Library of Birmingham on September 3.

Councils using bailiffs (BBC WM, Daily Mirror) The Money Advice Trust has called on local authorities including Birmingham City Council to become less reliant on the use of bailiffs after publishing figures for the 2012 calendar year. In response the council has pointed out that the use of baliffs is a last resort after all other options have been exhausted (note: The MAT figures claim 17 per cent of all households/businesses were visited in Birmingham during the year - when in reality the figure is lower, given that some properties have multiple debts attached to them, meaning they have been effectively double counted)

Dustbin lorry catches fire (Birmingham Mail) Fire crews were called to a lorry fire in Ladywood at 11am yesterday. The cause is being investigated.

£800 folding cycles set for hire at city stations (Birmingham Mail) A scheme enabling people to hire Brompton folding bikes from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill railway stations has been announced. The scheme is part-funded by the council.

A shopping haven for 400 million (Birmingham Mail) A feature marking the tenth anniversary of the Bullring shopping centre. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of the scheme's success.

Childcare providers gear up for the influx of two-year-olds (Children & Young People Now) Feature looking at the impact of changes to eligibility criteria which will see the parents of England's 130,000 most disadvantaged two-tear-olds given access to 15 hours of free childcare from September. Birmingham's plans are featured.

Tesco strawberry court case (Marketing Week) Sajeela Naseer, Head of Trading Standards, has been awarded Marketing Week's Quote of the Week for her response to Tesco's misleading half-price strawberry offer, which was the subject of a successful council court prosecution earlier this week.

Regional Headlines

Fears of a house price bubble have been raised following an investigation by the Birmingham Post which revealed that average prices in parts of the Midlands were 6.5 times the average salary.

Anti-tuition fees MP Diane Abbott has been urged by campaigners to repay a £1,750 fee she earned for a speech to undergraduates at the University of Birmingham.

National Headlines

More than 600,000 teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are getting the results of their GCSEs, amid reports that changes mean there will be “turbulence” in grading.

Bo Xilai, the Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has gone on trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.

UN officials say alleged chemical weapons attacks which Syria’s opposition says killed hundreds near Damascus were a “serious escalation”.

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