Media Watch – August 4

By on 04/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Outcry over school dinner scanners (Birmingham Mail) Civil liberties campaigners have hit out against the introduction of hi-tech fingerprint ID scanners at a Birmingham school.

Council house deals should be flexible, David Cameron tells Birmingham Q&A (Birmingham Mail) Council houses should no longer be granted ‘for life’, David Cameron suggested in a public question and answer session in Birmingham.

Brum’s ballet boost (Express and Star) Young people from Birmingham are preparing to perform their own version of Cinderella, with help from the city’s council and Royal Ballet company. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11881

Pride of place (Guardian) Article about Stirchley Community Market featuring Birmingham City Council officer Matt Powell. http://stirchleyhappenings.wordpress.com/

Salon debates new library (Birmingham Mail) The city’s new £193 million Central Library will be discussed at the next meeting of the Birmingham Salon on Wednesday, September 22.

Regional Headlines

‘Engine fire’ forces Monarch plane back to Birmingham
A Monarch Airlines plane carrying more than 200 passengers has been forced to turn around after a suspected engine fire shortly after take-off.

David Cameron says tax breaks will help West Midlands
Encouraging the private sector to grow is the way to encourage manufacturing firms to the West Midlands, the prime minister has said.

National Headlines

Meat of cloned cow offspring in UK food chain, FSA says
Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow was eaten in the UK last year, the Food Standards Agency has said.

Lloyds Banking Group profits hit £1.6bn
Lloyds Banking Group has reported a return to profit for the first half of the year, largely due to a drop in the amount set aside to cover bad loans.

Record pension deficit payments made by big firms
Firms in the FTSE 100 share index paid a record £17.5bn extra into their pension schemes last year to help pay off their accumulated deficits.

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