Media Watch – Dec 8

By on 08/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council gears up for round of massive cuts (Birmingham Mail) Massive cuts to Birmingham City Council services are expected when Sir Albert Bore unveils his 2015/16 budget proposals this week.

You can get involved in consultation (Birmingham Mail) Open consultation over the council’s budget includes two public meetings and a two-hour webchat.

Approval expected on plans for 2,000 new homes in Birmingham (Sunday Mercury, ITV News) Birmingham’s City Council Cabinet are expected to approve plans to build 2,000 new homes across the city over the next five years.

Sparkhill Library sale withdrawn (Birmingham Mail) An ‘iconic’ Birmingham library and council office building has been pulled from sale following a challenge from backbenchers. Birmingham City Council deputy leader Ian Ward agreed to withdraw the Sparkhill council building from auction after local councillors pleaded for it to be offered for community use first.

Bartley Green 99-year-old forced to climb tower block stairs on hands and knees after lift repair wait (Sunday Mercury, Mirror, Daily Mail, Metro) A disabled great-grandma has told how a two-week wait to fix a tower block lift left her crawling on hands and knees to her second floor flat. Birmingham City Council was not asked for a comment on this story.

Lap dancing plan in Birmingham rejected after protests from blind charity (Birmingham Mail) City licensing chiefs have rejected permission for a new lap dancing club in Birmingham city centre…following objections from the charity for the BLIND based next door.

Birmingham councillors anger after losing use of ‘exclusive’ underground car park (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham councillors are fuming after being forced to give up their exclusive underground car park and use of a public multi-storey several hundred yards away.

The 12 frauds of Christmas – keep your festive season con free (Great Barr Observer) It may be the season of goodwill for many, but for some Christmas is a chance to con unwitting festive shoppers. Birmingham City Council’s trading standards team is reminding people of the top 12 cons of Christmas as consumer spending is expected to reach £22 billion across the UK.

Regional Headlines

Mother ‘betrayed’ by her son’s terror sentence
A mother who co-operated with police after her son travelled to Syria to “do jihad” has said she feels betrayed by the length of the jail sentence he received.

Six hurt in bus and car collision
Six people are injured, two seriously, following a collision between a bus and a car in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

‘Pay benefits faster’ to cut hunger
An income squeeze, benefit delays and high utility bills are blamed by a cross-party committee of MPs for a rise in hunger in the UK.

‘Fresh cracks appear’ in coalition
Senior Conservative and Lib Dem ministers criticise each other amid suggestions of widening divisions in the coalition government.

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