Media Watch – August 2

By on 02/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Time to cash in on Brum pop history (Birmingham Mail) Tourism chiefs hope to tempt holidaymakers to dance to a different  tune – by showcasing Birmingham’s musical heritage. Council bosses are desperate for the city to muscle in on the £1.4 billion UK music tourism trade.

Brewer cash con ‘funded visits to pub’ (Birmingham Mail) A benefits fraudster named Brewer swindled Birmingham City Council out of almost £15,000 over seven years so he could spend the cash in the pub.

Travellers move on from the pub (Birmingham Mail) Travellers who set up a makeshift camp on land in Castle Bromwich have left.

£43 million village for elderly (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s fourth ‘Florida-style’ retirement village is set to be built at a cost of £43 million.

Birmingham scraps market plans (Fresh Produce Journal) Birmingham City Council has scrapped plans to relocate its wholesale market to a site in Aston.

Associations judicial review attempt fails (Caring UK) A group that represents more than 80 care homes in Birmingham has failed in its attempt to force the city council to increase the fees it pays.

Charities ‘hit by funding cuts'(BBC, Sky, ITV, Guardian, Independent, FT, Times) More than 2,000 charities across England have had their funding cut or withdrawn altogether by local councils, according to research. Cllr Sue Anderson interviewed by BBC WM.

Regional Headlines

Police name murdered young mother
A woman found with fatal stab wounds is named by police, who have begun a murder investigation.

Bikers urged over ‘crash cards’
West Midlands Ambulance Service asks motorcyclists to carry cards which contain potentially life saving information in the event of an accident.

National Headlines

Barclays profits fall by a third
Barclays reports a 33% fall in half-year profits, partly as a result of a £1bn charge for mis-selling payment protection insurance.

Hunt for most-wanted fraudsters
The charity Crimestoppers appeals for help to find 10 criminals thought to be responsible for at least £200m of fraud.

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