Media Watch – Jan 24

By on 24/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Two-year tenancy plans slammed (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s housing watchdog has warned the Government not to create ghettos of unemployed households through its proposals to cut the lifetime guarantee for council house tenants.

Pickles warning on Brum funding (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council needs to be careful when cutting funding to voluntary groups, the Local Government Minister Eric Pickles has warned.

Cash cuts hit Irish charity (Birmingham Mail) A charity set up to help hard up and vulnerable members of Birmingham’s Irish community under threat of closure following the shock withdrawal of council funding.

‘Trendy’ dogs end up on street (Birmingham Mail) Animal welfare experts blamed the trend in owning Staffordshire terrier dogs as a ‘status symbol’ on a sudden surge in the number of pooches being abandoned in Birmingham. Struggling dog wardens from Birmingham City Council said they have had to cope with the busiest month on record.

Family of seven left homeless (Birmingham Mail) A family of seven were left homeless when bailiffs turfed them out of the house they have been illegally occupying.

Harrowing tales of Holocaust memories (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham joined together to commemorate victims and survivors of the Holocaust, listening to an emotional testimony from two teenage girls about their trip to a former Nazi extermination camp.

Poison fear over chicken in packages (Birmingham Mail) Shoppers are being warned to treat plastic chicken packaging like raw meat after 40 per cent of samples picked up in Birmingham supermarkets had food poisoning bacteria. The tests were carried out by Birmingham City Council’s Food Safety team.

TV chef Rajeev Rana ‘used mother’s disability badge to park closer to work’ (Mirror, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A top chef who appeared on a BBC show was allegedly caught using his mum's disabled badge to park his £100,000 Mercedes. Rajeev Rana, whose Indian restaurant Itihaas featured on BBC2 series Michel Roux's Service, denies using the badge unlawfully. Birmingham city council claims he used it while parking his car on a yellow line outside his restaurant on Fleet Street in the city.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham man stabbed in Erdington high street
A man in his 20s has been stabbed close to a pub in Birmingham.

Unskilled school leavers ‘hold up manufacturing growth’
A lack of young, skilled workers is holding back manufacturing recovery in the West Midlands, it has been claimed.

Surrogate mother allowed to keep her child
A surrogate mother who changed her mind about handing over her baby has been allowed to keep the child.

National Headlines

Jo Yeates murder accused Vincent Tabak due in court
A 32-year-old Dutch national is due in court charged with murdering landscape architect Jo Yeates.

Drug sold in UK to be used for execution in Georgia
Drugs supplied by a UK pharmaceutical company are to be used to execute a convicted murderer in the US state of Georgia on Tuesday, the BBC has learnt.

Communities threatened by government cuts, warns Unison
Government spending cuts threaten local communities and economic recovery, a public service union has warned.

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