Media Watch – August 3

By on 03/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A recruitment campaign has been launched to fill five senior posts at Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Labour councillors defy Sir Albert as they fight to hang on (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour councillors are seeking legal advice in a bid to stop their numbers being cut by 20.

Save Green Belt from blight of 260,000 new homes, PM told (The Daily Telegraph) Government policies have inadvertently declared ‘open-season’ on the Green Belt with 226,000 houses planned, Campaign to Protect Rural England warns The CPRE highlights cases such as Sutton Coldfield, where Birmingham council wants to build new homes.

Bin bag ‘error’ lands salon boss in court (Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Star, Daily Mail, ITV) Coverage of ongoing court case involving a Selly Oak business being prosecuted by Birmingham City Council for allegedly not having appropriate trade waste arrangements in place.

Can you give abandoned pooch Patch a good home? (Birmingham Mail) Canine cutey Patch is searching for a home after Birmingham City Council dog wardens found him abandoned on the streets on Birmingham.

Charity award for Birmingham Asbo man Barry Lawes (BBC) One of the first people to be given a life ban from Birmingham city centre for anti-social behaviour has been given an award for his charity work.

Birmingham’s Al-Hijrah Trust investigated over accounts (BBC) A charitable trust in Birmingham which runs a school, library, mosque and community centre is being investigated by the Charity Commission. In December, Birmingham City Council launched an investigation into claims the Al-Hijrah Trust used £1m of taxpayers’ money to set up a faith school in Pakistan. A council spokesperson said: “We continue to work with the relevant statutory agencies and will consider the findings of the Charity Commission.”

Regional Headlines

City’s ‘smallest’ coffee shop opens in phone box
A coffee shop which is said to be the smallest in Birmingham has opened in a red telephone box.

Teenager dies after car hits house in Birmingham
A teenager has died after his car crashed into a house in Birmingham and set it on fire. The accident happened at about 00:20 BST on Sunday on Little Francis Grove.

National Headlines

Immigration Bill: Landlords ‘must evict’ failed asylum seekers
Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.

Rotherham child sex abuse: Barnardo’s team gets £3m
A children’s charity has received £3m to fund a team of specialists to tackle child sex abuse in Rotherham.


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