Media Watch – Feb 19

By on 19/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council under fire for £2m funding for job scheme (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's Labour leadership has come under fire for taking £2 million from community projects to launch a fund to get 1,000 young people into work.

Rip-off Mecca travel agent is spared jail (Birmingham Mail) A travel agent who ripped off customers making pilgrimages to Mecca was spared jail after his victim pleaded for him to keep his freedom. The prosecution followed a Birmingham City Council Trading Standards investigation.

New deal ends tea room row (Birmingham Mail) The family running the Victorian Tea Rooms in Kings Heath Park has agreed a new deal with Birmingham City Council.

Healthcheck success (Healthcheck.nhs.uk) Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, on Birmingham’s successful implementation of the NHS Healthcheck scheme.

Binge drinking (BBC WM) Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, discussing the problems associated with women binge drinking.

Growing pains (Housing) Birmingham is a hive of housing activity at the moment but is it enough to meet demand in a city facing a population growth of 150,000 people by 2031? Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Councils to be at centre of ‘refurbishment revolution’ (Local Government News) Article looking at the Green Deal scheme that will improve the energy efficiency of 60,000 Birmingham homes.

Housing transformation (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) Quinton and Bartley Green residents are benefitting from warmer, more energy efficient homes this winter after housing and regeneration specialists Keepmoat carried out free eco-makeovers to hundreds of local properties.

Regional Headlines

City deal extends to Black Country
Twenty more areas of England, including the Black Country, are to be given greater independence from Whitehall under the “city deal” scheme, deputy PM Nick Clegg announces.

Man charged after fatal collision
A man from Birmingham is charged in connection with a fatal collision on the A40 near Witney in September.

National Headlines

Watchdog warns of energy bill rises
Consumers face higher energy bills as the UK becomes more reliant on imports, the chief of the energy watchdog warns.

Tax avoiders ‘named and shamed’
Tax dodgers should be named and shamed to discourage the rich from using legal loopholes to avoid paying the taxman, a spending watchdog says.

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