Media Watch – Aug 5

By on 05/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£35million DHP top-up futile (Inside Housing) A £35 million boost to discretionary housing payments will not relieve the worst effects of the bedroom tax, housing sector figures have warned. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Health supermo fumes at booze and fags policy (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s health chief (Cllr Steve Bedser) has accused the government of not acting responsibly over the perils of smoking and drinking.

Council to ban payday loan firm websites from computers at Birmingham libraries (Birmingham Mail) City follows the lead of Sandwell Council, which blocked access at its 19 venues on moral grounds.

Widespread coverage of Birmingham Carnival. (Birmingham Mail, BBC, ITV)

Rogue Hajj travel agents targeted (Birmingham Mail) Muslim residents are being urged by Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council to book their Hajj pilgrimages with a reputable travel agent.

Trading standards in Chinese lantern ban bid (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy looks at efforts to combat the sale of potentially dangerous Chinese lanterns.

Drivers seeking damages over potholes out of luck as city pays out just five in 600 cases (Birmingham Mail) Just five out of nearly 600 claims for damages against Birmingham City Council have been upheld in the last three years.

Psychometric tests ‘private’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham councillors can volunteer for psychometric testing to improve their performance, but do not have to tell anyone they have taken part, it has emerged.

New city library opens in one month (Birmingham Mail) The final touches and fixtures and fittings are being put to Birmingham’s stunning new £188 million library.

Whitby: I may quit council for House of Lords (Birmingham Mail) Former city council leader Mike Whitby has admitted he could quit the authority after winning a peerage. Former city council leader Mike Whitby has admitted he

Regional Headlines

Major blaze at recycling plant
Crews tackle a “large fire” at a recycling plant in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham.

Woman dies and men hurt in crash
A woman is killed and two men are injured when the car they are travelling in hits a lamp-post in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Met police payout over G20 death
London’s police force apologises to the family of Ian Tomlinson and agrees a settlement over his death at the G20 protest in 2009.

Zero-hours contracts ‘affect 1m’
More than a million UK workers are on zero-hours contracts with no guarantees of shifts or work patterns – four times official estimates, research suggests.

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