Media Watch – Feb 12

By on 12/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

EU lifeline for city landmark (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s historic Assay Office is set to stay in the Jewellery Quarter after securing a £1.2 million European Union grant. Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet approved the grant, which is paid for from a £4 million European Regional Development Fund pot to invest in developments and job creation.

‘Reforms don’t go far enough to help elderly’ (Birmingham Mail) Government reforms on care for the elderly which will cap spending at £75,000 are a ‘step in the right direction’ but do not go far enough says Birmingham’s social services chief, Cllr Steve Bedser.

Ex councillor in chains protest over pool (Birmingham Mail) A former councillor (Martin Mullaney) is to chain himself to Moseley Road Baths wearing a period swimming costume in a protest over cuts. NB: Promises to match fund a Heritage Lottery grant were made by the previous administration, but nothing was allocated in the capital programme so it is not clear where the money was coming from.

Man fined for playing loud music at home (Birmingham Mail) A neighbour from hell from Birmingham has been hit with a fine after breaching an order aimed at stopping him from blaring loud music at all hours.

Rat-infested shop was risk to health (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The former owner of a Birmingham shop has been fined after the store was shut down for a month when Birmingham City Council environmental health officers discovered it was littered with mouse and rat droppings.

Gran’s TV ‘ASBO’ (The Sun) Deaf gran Annie Hancock has to watch telly wearing headphones after a neighbour complained to the local council that her set was on too loud.

Birmingham Health Check success (LGA First Magazine) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, highlights Birmingham’s successful implementation of the NHS health check programme.

Birmingham to set up lettings agent (Inside Housing) Birmingham City Council plans to launch a social lettings agency to provide access to rented property to people in housing need.

Explore Birmingham (Lingerie Insight) Feature about Birmingham focuses on Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Regional Headlines

Mother, 95, and daughter found dead
A 64-year-old woman and her 95-year-old mother are found dead at a house in Birmingham.

Psychiatric death ‘answers wanted
‘A family asks for “justice” and “answers” after a 24-year-old father dies during treatment for a mental health disorder.

National Headlines

Barclays announces 3,700 job cuts
Barclays says it will cut 3,700 jobs this year following a strategic review by its new chief executive Antony Jenkins.

Minister calls second meat summit
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to hold a second meeting with food industry representatives, as MPs prepare to debate the horsemeat crisis.

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