Media Watch – Jan 13

By on 13/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Spare room subsidy loophole (Sky News) Cllr John Cotton critical of the Government after it emerged that many people were wrongly identified as liable for the Spare Room Subsidy, commonly known as the bedroom tax.

Bogus taxi drivers targeted in Birmingham (BBC) Inside Out joins the police and Birmingham City Council’s taxi enforcement team looking for unlicensed drivers, known as ”plyers” in a clampdown on bogus cabs

Green light for new tower to replace 1980s ‘eyesore’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a new 13-storey city centre office block have been given the go ahead by Birmingham planners.

Warning on town council proposal (Birmingham Mail) Sutton Coldfield’s Conservative council chief (Cllr Anne Underwood) has warned residents they will be like ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’ if they support a new town council in a referendum later this year.

Know your rights when returning festive gifts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers consumer advice on returning unwanted Christmas gifts.

New Birmingham chief : growth is priority (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council’s newly appointed chief executive (Mark Rogers) has said his first priority will be to secure economic growth and create jobs in the city.

City fitness team shortlisted for awards (Sunday Mercury, MENAFN) Council chiefs in Birmingham have been shortlisted for two top awards for their efforts to get residents fit and healthy.

Joy at last for traders as market gets new home (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s wholesale markets are set to move to a brand new facility at Witton, it has been revealed.

Council pledge on Capita deal (Birmingham Mail) A controversial call centre and IT contract between Birmingham City Council and Capita is set to be published following a petition.

Seedy ‘Soho’ fear over new lap dance club in Broad St (Birmingham Mail) Proposals for a fourth lap dancing club on Birmingham’s Golden Mile have been hit by objections.

Ouch! ‘Friendly’ dog takes bite out of city councillor (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Bob Beauchamp) has told how he was savaged by a dog while delivering campaign leaflets.

Childhood obesity being tackled with campaign to reduce ‘obscene levels’ of sugar in food (Sutton Observer) A campaign to reduce childhood obesity in Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, Great Barr, Perry Barr and Kingstanding by reducing the 'obscene levels' of a common ingredient is being backed by a Birmingham health chief.

Regional Headlines

Abuse suspect parents ‘should flee’
Birmingham MP John Hemming says parents suspected of abuse should “go abroad” because “you can’t get a fair trial here”.

IPCC challenged over ‘plebgate’ probe
The Police Federation is seeking a judicial review of the police watchdog’s decision to investigate three officers who met the MP in the “plebgate” row.

National Headlines

PM promises council ‘fracking’ boost
Councils that back “fracking” will get to keep more money in tax revenue as part of an “all-out” drive to promote drilling, David Cameron says.

NI child abuse hearings to begin
The biggest public inquiry into child abuse ever held in the UK is due to begin its first public hearings in Northern Ireland later.

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