Media Watch – Jan 10

By on 10/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Big families losing £400 a week in benefits after cap (The Times) Large families have been losing up to £400 a week since the introduction of the weekly benefit cap, according to DWP figures. Birmingham and Manchester named as the only two local councils outside London of the 20 most affected

Muslim birth rate rises as families 'feel British' (The Times) Story on the latest birth rate figures, referencing a report from Birmingham City Council that said pupils in the city speak 108 languages

China link to train project (Solihull News) A local train line, closed for 70 years, could be up and running again thanks to China's Railway Group.

£6.8m Biomedical Innovation Hub plans in place (In Business) Plans are getting off the ground to develop a new Biomedical Innovation Hub at the University of Birmingham. Sir Albert Bore quoted

Labour accused of forcing costly city by-election (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's Labour Party has been criticised for forcing a costly by-election in Kingstanding next month rather than combining it with other elections in May

Every child in city is to get a library card (Birmingham Mail) All primary school children in Birmingham will be issued with library cards in a bid to improve literacy and encourage greater use of community services. Cllrs Mike Ward and Deidre Alden quoted

Gisela: City leader should get automatic Lords seat - Leaders of major cities such as Birmingham should be guaranteed a seat in the House of Lords, according to Gisela Stuart MP
Regional Headlines:

300 jobs at risk as Dunlop announces closure - Dunlop Motorsport has announced it is to close its Birmingham factory

£50m Mailbox revamp to start - The £50m redevelopment of the Mailbox is set to start after contractors were appointed

Benefits Street - further coverage of Channel 4 programme on James Turner Street
National Headlines:

Moves to end flood precautions delay – Moves are being made to end a four-year delay to rules meant to prevent new housing developments making floods worse

Parking offence fines could be cut – Parking fines in England could be reduced, the government says, amid claims that some councils are using them as a “cash cow”

Royal Mail privatisation botched – The government “botched” the privatisation of Royal Mail, short-changing taxpayers by hundreds of millions of pounds, Labour says

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