Media Watch – Feb 25

By on 25/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City poverty to get worse warns Bore (Birmingham Mail) Levels of deprivation in Birmingham are likely to get worse rather than improve, despite massive efforts to reduce the inequality gap, the city’s leader has claimed.

Garden waste tax ‘to hit the poor hardest’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans to charge home owners £35 to collect green waste could cost the council £36.50 for every transaction, it has been claimed.

£500k charity grant for new Brum library (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new flagship library has received a £500,000 cash boost.

Hotel plan given approval (Birmingham Mail) Revised plans for the redevelopment of a landmark Birmingham shopping centre (Five Ways, Edgbaston) have been given the unanimous support of city planners.

Rogue: Pay up or go to jail (Birmingham Mail) A rogue Birmingham travel agent has been told he must pay thousands of pounds within four months – or face going to jail.

Helping to keep the sharks at bay (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy urged cash strapped consumers not to turn to loan sharks for help.

Children still being failed by social care (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Birmingham’s children’s social services department is still failing vulnerable kids – and remains on the Government’s critical list.

‘Ban denies free speech’ (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners have accused the city council of suppressing dissent and free speech by cancelling a public protest meeting over cutbacks. But council sources claim that the meeting was moved following fears that protestors would again storm the Council House balcony.

Broadcast for budget debate (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s councillors are meeting on Tuesday to set the city council’s £3.5 billion budget for the next year and residents can follow the debate on the council’s new webcast service.

Osborne: Business Zone’s just the job (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham means business – that was the message from Chancellor George Osborne as he launched the city’s new Enterprise Zone.

‘Chop wheelie bins to save £20m’ call (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's Labour administration could plough £20 million more into frontline services if it dumped ‘unpopular’ wheelie bin plans, an opposition leader (Cllr Paul Tilsley) has claimed.

JFK back (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) An iconic Birmingham landmark erected in memory of murdered US president John F Kennedy has made a long awaited return to the city.

Birmingham’s £800m public paradise package (Property Week) An innovative £800m public funding package has been put in place for Birmingham that will help large schemes, such as Argent’s Paradise Circus, to be progressed.

Regional Headlines

Pair arrested over toddler death
A man and a woman are arrested on suspicion of murdering an 18-month-old boy in the West Midlands.

MP: ‘Spy cameras should have stayed’
An MP says more than 200 so-called “spy” cameras which were put up in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham should never have been removed.

National Headlines

Lib Dems ‘screwed up’ over Rennard
The Lib Dems’ handling of alleged inappropriate behaviour by their former chief executive Lord Rennard is criticised as leader Nick Clegg denies a cover-up.

Sterling falls on loss of AAA rating
The value of sterling falls as the UK’s credit rating downgrade fuels worries about the state of economic recovery.

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