Media Watch – July 1

By on 01/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Miliband’s boost for Greater Brum council plan (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The creation of a ‘Greater Birmingham’ super-council moves a step closer today – as Labour leader Ed Miliband announces plans to let local authorities keep hundreds of millions of pounds in local business taxes, but only if they create combined regional councils.

Diabetes advice for Ramadan (Noor TV) Birmingham Public Health offering advice for diabetics during the holy month of Ramadan. Cllr Waseem Zaffar interviewed.

Keep children safe campaign (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) A campaign raising awareness of child sexual exploitation has been launched in the West Midlands.

Bins chief admits: Council garden tax was ‘rushed in’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's new cabinet member for bins (Cllr Lisa Trickett) has admitted for the first time the move to charge residents £35 to collect garden waste has been ‘rushed’.

High sugar hidden in ‘health foods’, warns Birmingham expert (Birmingham Post) City public health dietician Eleanor McGee says many people are unaware that ‘low fat’ options on supermarket shelves contain far more sugar than their standard equivalent

Opposition demands free waste collections (Birmingham Mail) Opposition councillors in Birmingham were today demanding an end to Birmingham’s garden tax.

Binmen get on their bikes for charity (Birmingham Mail) Binmen from Brum swapped their trucks for bikes as they tackled a coast to coast bike ride to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s charities.

Student homes scam ‘is blighting areas of city’ Birmingham Mail) Disreputable homeowners and landlords are creating student accommodation by the back door and blighting neighbourhoods, it has been claimed.

Birmingham tunnels to close again (Local Transport Today) The A38 tunnels through Birmingham city centre will close for six weeks from 18 July to allow contractor Amey to conduct the final stage of refurbishment work.

Regional Headlines

Woman’s body ‘carefully concealed
‘Two people are arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an 80-year-old woman is found “carefully concealed” at her West Midlands home.

Man arrested over ex-partner’s death
A 42-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murdering his ex-partner and attacking their two children at a house in Pipe Hayes, north Birmingham.

National Headlines

Police review fresh Harris claims
Police will look at further allegations against Rolf Harris after the entertainer was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.

McCann suspects to be questioned
A number of suspects are due to be questioned by police in Portugal over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

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