Media Watch – Aug 6

By on 06/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Light at the end of the tunnels (Birmingham Mail) Mail gets exclusive behind-the-scenes look at major works.  Article on closure of A38 tunnels.

School expansion plan is scrapped by council (Birmingham Mail) City chiefs have decided to scrap the expansion of a Birmingham primary school (St Saviour’s in Washwood Heath) despite admitting key mistakes were made in a report outlining their case. Cllrs Albert Bore, Ansar Ali Khan and Barry Bowles all quoted.

Roads closed so children can play in street (Birmingham Mail) Youngsters in Birmingham are reclaiming the streets with a series of road closures to encourage playing out.  Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

£3.7m fund for disabled hit by ‘bedroom tax’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s only Lib Dem MP has told disabled people hit by the ‘bedroom tax’ to make a claim for extra financial help from a £3.7 million council fund. Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

We’ve got nowhere left to go (Daily Mirror) 19 out of 20 Bed Tax families can’t find anywhere smaller.  Mentions Birmingham where there are 13,557 families affected but just 368 alternative homes available.

A meeting of minds (Get Britain Cycling) Cycling experts from around the UK and beyond gathered at a sell-out event in Birmingham to discuss how to get more people on their bikes. (Hosted by Birmingham City Council)

McKay calls for harmonised approach to route design (Get Britain Cycling) Birmingham City Council has urged an end to a cycling ‘design free for all’ in response to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s recommendation for revised design guidance.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

£1.9m to get families out of Bed and Breakfast accommodation (London Housing News) The government has announced a £1.9 million fund to help end bed and breakfast living for hundreds of homeless families.  Mentions Birmingham City  Council which will receive £297,500 to run a health and financial support service.

Council gives benefits mother-of-four new home after she claims ninth floor flat is no place to bring up children (Daily Mail online) Fartuuna Warsame waged a three-year battle with Birmingham City Council which has now agreed to move her family.

Regional Headlines

Decision deferred over Dudley Hippodrome demolition plan
A decision about whether to knock down a theatre dating back to the 1930s has been deferred.

Crews tackle fire at Premier Waste in Perry Barr
Firefighters have tackled a large fire involving 500 tonnes of paper at a recycling plant in Birmingham.

Wolverhampton canal death: woman identified by police
A woman whose body was found in a Wolverhampton canal has been identified by police.

National Headlines

Killer dogs’ owners in England and Wales could face life in prison
The owners of dogs that attack and kill someone could face life in prison under new proposals for England and Wales.

Health safety expert to reveal ‘zero-harm’ NHS manifesto
Plans to create a culture of “zero harm” in the NHS in England are to be set out later.

July heatwave provides a boost to retail sales
Retail sales enjoyed their fastest July growth in seven years, thanks to the month’s heatwave, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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