Media Watch – July 1

By on 01/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby urges action on new tax funding scheme for Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby warned that the launch of TIFs in 2013 was too far away and that the £70 million a year expected to flow from the initiative was desperately needed to boost the local economy.

Hundreds attend city strike rally (BBC, Sky, Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of public sector workers gathered in Birmingham city centre to protest over cuts to their pay and pensions.

Potholes a sore point (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s most pot-holed roads (Booths Lane in Great Barr) will only be partly resurfaced under plans for a new housing estate.

Warning on legal aid axe (Birmingham Mail) Court action which forced Birmingham City Council to continue providing care for 4,100 adults would have been impossible under Government plans to cut the legal aid bill, an MP (Jack Dromey)  has claimed.

City’s debt level hits a record high (Birmingham Mail) Debt levels at Birmingham City Council have doubled in the past seven years and will reach a record £2.5 billion by 2012, latest figures have shown.

Tower block comes down.. brick by brick (Birmingham Mail) A landmark city centre tower (Stephenson Tower) which was once home to the cast of Crossroads has started to come toppling down.

Information spike for city council (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council has witnessed a near 50% increase in Freedom of Information Act inquiries during the first months of this year.

Birmingham launches £1.3bn Green Deal programme (Construction News) Birmingham City Council is set to launch a tender that could lead to £1.3 billion of green retrofit work for 200,000 local homes and commercial buildings.

Two city homes raided by anti-loan shark officers (Birmingham Mail) A suspected loan shark was arrested after two homes were raided.

Regional Headlines

Grounded passengers leave airport
Most passengers caught up in a leasing dispute at Birmingham Airport have now left for their destination, Birmingham Airport says.

Birmingham City’s Yeung in court
The president of Birmingham City FC Carson Yeung appears in court in Hong Kong on money-laundering charges.

National Headlines

Go for British staff, firms urged
UK businesses are to be urged by the work and pensions secretary to recruit more unemployed, young Britons rather than relying on labour from abroad.

Labour wins Inverclyde election
Labour wins the Inverclyde by-election, held after the death of MP David Cairns, but on a majority reduced from 14,416 in 2010 to 5,838.

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