Media Watch – Feb 24

By on 24/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bedroom tax scandal wrongly charged to 40,000 council tenants – and Iain Duncan Smith is ‘in denial’ (Sunday People, Mirror) Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of being “in denial” over his mishandling of the levy. The attack on him came as the number of council tenants wrongly penalised in the scandal headed towards a shocking 40,000. The articles refer to a potential 2,100 being wrongly charged in Birmingham.

Have your say on area’s growth (Birmingham Mail) Residents in a leafy Birmingham suburb (Edgbaston), which takes in the Botanical Gardens, are being asked how they would like to see the area blossom.

Cowboy builder brothers jailed (Birmingham Mail) Two cowboy builder brothers have been locked up for fleecing nearly a quarter of a million pounds off their victims. The case against Michael and Sam Smith was brought by Birmingham City Council.

Commuters, get on your bikes! (Birmingham Mail) Bike North Birmingham is launching a two-week fitness challenge to urge commuters to get on their bikes.

Funding fear for autism charity (Birmingham Mail) A charity which supports the needs of autistic children in Birmingham (Resources for Autism) fears it will be left high and dry by the city council.

Warning to dog owners over new control orders (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy explains the new Dog Control Orders being used to tackle irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

Regional Headlines

Fewer job cuts now needed at Walsall Council
Fewer job losses will be needed at Walsall Council because of budget cuts than originally thought, leaders said.

Birmingham anti badger cull rally attracts 1,000 protestors
About 1,000 people have staged a protest march in Birmingham city centre, calling on the government to stop culling badgers.

National Headlines

North Sea oil tops cabinet agendas
Ministers from both the UK and Scottish governments are in north-east Scotland to set out plans for the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Child poverty plans to be unveiled
The government will unveil a new strategy to end child poverty on Thursday, but Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to announce a new definition of child poverty may be blocked.

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