Media Watch – Aug 8

By on 08/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New cash to aid city homeless (B'ham Mail) A ground-breaking initiative to tackle the growing number of families made homeless will receive a £300,000 cash boost by the council. Cllr Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, quoted.

Region fights for its art as more cuts announced (B'ham Post) Arts funding in the Midlands is facing a new crisis - Birmingham's 10 MPs have united to organise and urgent meeting with cultural chiefs over huge cuts.  Birmingham City Council has warned arts organisations they will face 20 per cent cut in funding.   A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “…Arts have to share the burden in these difficult times but a vibrant cultural scene is vital to our priorities of attracting investment and visitors…”

Councils unite to form new transport authority (B'ham Mail) Seven West Midlands council – including the Birmingham City Council – have agreed a new Integrated Transport Strategy setting out the transport agenda for the entire region. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Sneak view inside Brum new library (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Those eager to get a sneak preview of the new Library of Birmingham days before it opens can apply for a sneak preview tour.

Family's housing victory 'could open floodgates' (B'ham Post) The lawyer behind a legal bid to move a mother-of-four from her Birmingham tower block over fears her children could fall to their deaths says her victory could open the floodgates to more claims. A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “…The family were given the right to be moved in this case, no admissions were made as to the merits of the appeal and the appeal was dismissed.”

'Nowhere to go' for those affected by bedroom tax (B'ham Post) A piece about the situation regarding suitable housing prospects available in Birmingham for anyone who wants to avoid paying 'bedroom tax'. Birmingham City Council has launched a scheme to help tenants avoid the 'bedroom tax'.

Adopt a healthier lifestyle Birmingham council scheme tells homeless families (West Midlands Housing) Homeless families in Birmingham will be told to eat better, stop smoking and take more exercise, as part of a council scheme to reduce the use of temporary bed and breakfast accommodation. Cllr Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, quoted.

Regional Headlines

Walsall man charged over bus sex attacks
A man has been charged with a series of sexual assaults on women travelling on buses across the Black Country.

Birmingham riots: Culprits ‘still cannot rest easy’
Seventy-nine people suspected of being involved in the summer riots which swept across Birmingham in 2011 are still being sought by police.

National Headlines

Bailout for A&E units only ‘papering cracks’ say doctors
A £500m government bailout for struggling accident and emergency units in England is merely “papering the cracks”, doctors have said.

Border staff ‘not fingerprinting’ illegal immigrants in France
UK border staff in France are failing to take the fingerprints of thousands of illegal immigrants caught trying to enter Britain, inspectors say.

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