Media Watch – July 2

By on 02/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Strip of turf is Brum's latest village green (Birmingham Mail) A “strip of turf in Aston at the back of terraced houses” has been given village green status by the city council. The decision, which protects the land in Bevington Road from development has split opinion with councillors past and present expressing views on it.

Rent arrears following government benefit reforms (BBC WM, Free Radio) Figures released by the city council show that 91 per cent of tenants affected by the under-occupancy charge have now slipped into arrears since the charge was introduced. Cllr John Cotton interviewed.

'Deadly' child's car seats sold on eBay (Birmingham Mail) A rogue trader has been given a community order by magistrates after being caught selling potentially deadly baby walkers and child car seats.

Search is on for tenants with talent (Birmingham Mail) Nominations are being sought for the Birmingham in Bloom 2013 contest, open to council tenants.

Regional Headlines

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze, dubbed the largest in West Midlands history, which started at a Smethwick recycling plant yesterday.

A woman believed to be six weeks' pregnant was yesterday stabbed and left for dead outside a gym in Stirchley.

National Headlines

Egyptian President Morsi rejects a 48-hour army ultimatum, vowing to stick to his own plans for national reconciliation to resolve the country's political crisis.

Wales could become the only country in the United Kingdom with an opt-out system of organ donation if assembly members vote to change the law later.

Current funding arrangements for local government in England should be scrapped; a council chief is to say. In a speech in Manchester, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) Sir Merrick Cockell will argue funding should be decided by councils themselves and not by ministers. He will also call for six Whitehall departments to be merged into a new England Office as part of the revamp.

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