Media Watch – Feb 11

By on 11/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Artsfest axed in a bid to save cash (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council (BCC) has announced plans to scrap the annual free arts festival and replace it with a cheaper event.  BCC said: “The impact of the reduction in government funding on the city council’s services is severe… The decision has been taken to look to a new festival led by the city's arts and cultural organisations, which will provide a showcase for the best that Birmingham can offer.”

Poor tax increase comes under fire (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have come under fire for increasing taxes on the poor at the same time as issuing a council tax freeze for the third year running. BCC said: “The Government's offer is a one year offer only, and if the council choose to accept that offer in 12 months time we would be where it is now looking to introduce a very different scheme.”

Horsemeat tests across Midlands (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) BCC are stepping up a number of tests they carry out on meat and pastry products made and sold in Birmingham.

Tax benefit reforms face legal challenge (The MJ, Local Government Chronicle) The Government's controversial council tax reforms faced a widespread backlash as a raft of councils saw legal actions launched against them. Birmingham is one of the councils named.

4.9% rent rise for Birmingham council tenants (West Midlands Housing) Council house tenants in Birmingham are facing a rent rise of 4.9% from April.

Family of a two-year-old boy with arthritis have complained that they don't a working shower and have mould on the walls of their bathroom. Birmingham City Council said they would send contractors to fit a new shower immediately. (Sunday Mercury)

Nan's too scared to laugh in own home (B'ham Mail) A widow is at the centre of a neighbour noise row - after pumping up the volume on her telly when her hearing diminished.  BCC said: “The council investigates all complaints received and deals sympathetically with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  We will endeavour to work with all parties to find a reasonable solution to resolve the matter.”

Regional Headlines
Birmingham and Black Country schools shut in snow
Several schools across Birmingham and the Black Country have been shut after several inches of snow fell overnight.

Frankley house deaths post mortems ‘inconclusive’
Post-mortem tests carried out on a couple who were found dead in their Birmingham home are inconclusive, police have said.

National Headlines
Denny Dolan ‘recovering well’ after fox attack
A four-week-old baby boy is “recovering well” after being attacked by a fox in his south-east London home, hospital staff said.

High Court legal bid to save Leeds child heart surgery
The High Court is due to hear a legal challenge over plans to end child heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.
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