Media Watch – December 21

By on 21/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Families facing broken boilers over Christmas (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,000 Birmingham families are being left in the cold in the run up to Christmas by a council heating contractor which has failed to fix boilers.

Firms warned on digital tick (Birmingham Mail) An investigation into companies fitting TV aerials for the digital switchover earlier this year has revealed that 11 out of 24 wrongly claimed to have an official seal of approval in advertising.

Christmas gifts for Birmingham hostel children (West Midlands Housing News) Over 200 toys will be gift-wrapped for around 100 children staying in Birmingham hostels over Christmas, thanks to the City Council and generous donations from companies across the city. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Hanging in the balance (Fresh Produce Journal) Having postponed its final decision until a cabinet meeting in January, Birmingham City Council came under further pressure last week to secure the 15,000 jobs that are at risk in the city’s Wholesale Market.

Regional Headlines

New Jaguar plant given go-ahead
Plans to build a £350m Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) facility near Wolverhampton are given the go-ahead.

Decision on Gypsy protest camp
A protest camp set up by villagers outside an unauthorised Gypsy site may be ordered to move by a West Midlands council.

Man released after terror arrest
A man who was arrested at Birmingham International Airport on suspicion of a terrorism offence is released on bail.

National Headlines

Rewrite planning rules, MPs urge
A committee of MPs says ministers must end the “default yes” to development within their changes to the planning system in England.

Homeless ‘die 30 years younger’
Homeless people are likely to die 30 years younger than the national average, a study suggests, with drug and alcohol abuse causing one-third of deaths.

UK plays down breast implant fear
British women with silicone breast implants made by a French company should not have them removed, a UK watchdog says, amid concerns over health risks.

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