Media Watch – Dec 22 (PM)

By on 22/12/2009 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Labour leader warns of council budget crisis (birminghammail.net) Opposition leader Sir Albert Bore has claimed that a financial watchdog's investigation into Birmingham City Council accounts is a sign of an impending budget crisis.

Fury at “ugly” homes scheme (Birmingham Mail, Pages 13) Modern designs for a row of terraced houses in Lozells have been slammed as ugly and cheap by city planners.  Cllrs Mike Sharpe, Narinder Kooner, Paula Smith, Ian Ward and Bob Beauchamp all quoted.

Sons of Rest club faces uncertain future (birminghammail.net) Ex-servicemen and women fear they could lose their social club because its headquarters in Brookvale Park have been condemned.  The Sons of Rest Federation worries that the council will demolish the building.

GCSE success for deprived pupils (Birmingham Mail, Page 29) Pupils on free school meals in Birmingham are succeeding in the classroom better than virtually everywhere else in the country.  Tony Howell quoted.

Gritters prepared (BBC Radio WM) Alistair Campbell, Head of Constituency Services (Highways), appeared on Ed Doolan's show to talk about the council being prepared for the continued bad weather expected.

Regional Headlines:

Five men, all in their early twenties, have been arrested after an incident in Solihull which left a 29-year-old man with head injuries.  The victim is in a serious but stable condition.

Larger planes have been running between Birmingham and Paris in order to help ease the travel nightmare facing thousands of stranded Eurostar passengers.

The body of heroic Solihull pilot Robert Mansell is expected to be flown home later this week after it was recovered from the Caribbean Sea.

National Headlines:

The Scottish National Party are refusing to rule out legal action over plans for them not to be included in three televised election debates between the main UK party leaders.

Official figures show that the UK economy shrank by 0.2% between July and September this year, which means that the recession is not over.

A priest in York who advised needy people to shoplift in certain circumstances has been criticised by the British Retail Consortium.  The Archdeacon of York said he would talk to him on the matter.

Royal Mail has confirmed that first and second class stamps will both increase by 2p in April, to 41p and 32p respectively.

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