Media Watch – Feb 10

By on 10/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The truth about benefit fraud in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) It’s the truth about Birmingham's benefits culture that millions of TV viewers WON'T see tonight. But city council bosses claimed new fraud figures showed the city was nothing like Channel 4's Benefits Street, which ends tonight.

Green Party warns Birmingham allotments suffering because of high rents (Birmingham Mail) Green Party urges Birmingham City Council to review the charges and reconsider plans to make plot holders legally liable for allotment sites. Allotment rents explained.

Evil trade of deadly weapons in the heart of Birmingham (Sunday Mercury) The Sunday Mercury was readily able to buy this knuckle duster and packets of pills - bearing the warning 'not fit for human consumption' - for just £35 at the Oasis stall at the Indoor Market in Edgbaston Street.

Taxpayers facing thaw (Sunday Mercury) Councils have rebelled against the Government over council tax increases. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says he is delighted that many major local councils are planning to freeze council tax.

Birmingham librarians planning action to save community libraries (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Labour deputy leader Ian Ward announced that he had held a meeting with senior librarians over the proposal for a new community library cooperative.

Call for police to be present at Birmingham polling station to tackle vote-rigging (Sunday Mercury) Police should be patrolling Midland polling stations deemed to be at risk of vote-rigging in this year's local and European elections, the Government has been advised.

Planners threatened with legal action over housing (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham businessman has threatened legal action against the council’s planning department for failing to consult properly over a new housing scheme (Douglas Rd, Handasworth).

Yobs who wreck buses and trains to clear up mess (Birmingham Mail) Criminals who vandalise the region’s buses and trains are to be made to clean up their own mess. Cllr Jess Phillips quoted.

Chief raps ‘improving’ primary schools claim (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s education chief (Cllr Brigid Jones) has hit back at misleading claims that 41 struggling primary schools have improved as a result of becoming sponsored academies.

Service’ deal creates 700 jobs (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s controversial partnership with Capita has announced it has achieved one of its original objectives and created more than 700 jobs.

Citywide review of healthy lifestyle services ( Birmingham City Council has launched a review into services that tackle many of the major health issues affecting people across the city.

Regional Headlines

Man dies in ‘deliberate’ house fire in Dudley
A man in his 40s dies in a house fire in the West Midlands which police say was started deliberately.

Women injured as tree hits car
Two women are taken to hospital after a tree falls on to a car during strong winds in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Energy firms’ gas profits questioned
The “big six” energy companies’ gas profit margins are higher than previously thought and should be investigated by regulators, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says.

MPs set to vote on car smoking ban
MPs are set to vote later on whether smoking in cars with children present should be banned. MPs urged to strike a blow for children’s health

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