Media Watch – August 22

By on 22/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham gears up for UK's first pay-by-the-minute car club (Local Transport Today) Feature on plans for the Birmingham launch of car2go - a car hire scheme already run in other overseas cities.

Sustainable second city (The Environmentalist) Further coverage of the recent launch of Birmingham's Green Commission, Cllr James McKay quoted.

Closing the net on loan sharks (The Weekly News) Feature on the work of the national Illegal Money Lending Team, operated by Birmingham City Council.

A blueprint for growth (Birmingham Mail) The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has drawn up a charter which it believes will deliver better regulation and kick-start vital economic growth, under the banner of 'Better Business for All. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of the initiative.

Concierge services (BBC WM) Continued coverage of claims and suggestions that the concierge service provided at city council tower blocks is to be ended. The council has responded by stating that a period of consultation with staff is at a very early stage and no final decisions have been made.

Regional Headlines

A man has died after an accident involving a bus in Edgbaston - two days after another man died after being in collision with a bus in Erdington.

The police have vowed to change Birmingham's status as a “hotspot” for uninsured drivers, as city van owner became the millionth motorist nationally to have his vehicle seized for the offence.

National Headlines

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called for more time to make tough cuts, ahead of crucial talks on his country’s EU/IMF bailout.

More than 100 quangos have been axed and a further 90 merged into other bodies since the coalition came to power, ministers have said.

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