Media Watch – Jan 4

By on 04/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of refuse collection backlog (BBC, BBC Radio 5 Live, ITN, BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Daily Mirror, Daily Express) Crews worked throughout the Bank Holiday weekend to reduce the backlog. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15168

City chief hits back over grit (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s transport chief has praised the efforts of gritters during the recent big freeze and insisted the city is prepared for any more bad weather.

Funds found to save baths (Birmingham Mail) Swimmers have been given a boost after funds were found to keep a closure-threatened Birmingham pool (Moseley Road Baths) open.

£5.2 million to fight loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) Investigators who tackle loan sharks have been told their jobs are safe after Birmingham was chosen to host a nationwide crackdown.

Consumer watchdog tweeting (Birmingham Mail) Consumer champions in Birmingham have launched an online campaign using social networking site twitter in a bid to clampdown on loan sharks.

Pope’s visit cost city £82k (Birmingham Mail) The Pope’s visit to Birmingham cost the city taxpayers almost £82,000, according to council figures. The visit was worth an estimated £30 million to the city economy.

Crackdown on benefit cheats raises £250k (Birmingham Mail) More than £250,000 of taxpayers’ cash has been recovered from benefit frauds following investigations by Birmingham City Council in 2010, it has been revealed. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15175

Study slams poor pitches (Birmingham Mail) The quality of sports pitches across Birmingham has been slammed in a major study.

A firm stand on smoking (Birmingham Mail) Firms across Birmingham are being asked to investigate how many members of staff smoke in an effort to help thousands of people kick the habit. The initiative is backed by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Man charged over New Year death in Wolverhampton
A 24-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after a man who received head injuries on New Year’s Day died in hospital on Sunday.

Bus fares rise across West Midlands and Coventry
Fares on National Express West Midlands buses are going up.

Lichfield Diocese churches feel cost of lead thefts
Churches are being badly hit by lead thefts because penalties do not reflect the cost of the crime, a church spokesman has said.

National Headlines

VAT rate rises from 17.5% to 20%
The top rate of VAT has risen from 17.5% to 20% as the government looks to boost tax revenues to cut the UK’s debt levels.

Police to help vulnerable victims of anti-social crime
Eight police forces in England and Wales have launched a project to help vulnerable victims of anti-social behaviour.

Earthquake hits North Yorkshire
A small earthquake has hit northern England, scientists have confirmed. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 3.6-magnitude quake struck 9km north-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire just after 2100 GMT on Monday.

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