Media Watch – July 11

By on 11/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

50,000 fined wrongly, but only 233 refunds (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM) The city council has refunded 233 motorists who were wrongly fined following the introduction of bus lane enforcement measures in the city centre. Article goes on to state the 233 are out of 514 fines that were appealed. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Public sector strike (Extensive local and national coverage) Various items on the one-day of industrial action, staged yesterday.

Axe threat college in legal bid (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of the launch of a “legal fighting fund” by officials from the Kajans Hospitality and Catering Studio, which is facing closure after initially struggling to attract students. Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood quoted as saying the council is working with the head and governors to try and resolve the issues the college faces.

Tech hub plans for city set to create 400 skilled jobs (Birmingham Mail) Plans have been lodged for an expansion of the Innovation Birmingham campus, near Aston University. Campus owners Birmingham City Council have agreed a £7.5million loan to kick-start the scheme. Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted, saying the project will be the city's first speculative development since the completion of The Cube in 2010.

Council urged not to miss out on future of recycling (Birmingham Mail) More coverage from last week's full council meeting - at which the From Waste to Resource scrutiny report was discussed.

Brum 'in need of a new Chamberlain' (Birmingham Mail) The key finding from a conference held to recognise the 100th anniversary of the death of Joseph Chamberlain has concluded that the city needs a new political figurehead with a similar profile. In his speech at the event, Council Leader Sir Albert Bore said Chamberlain's brand of leadership was “out of proportion to his three short years as mayor”.

Regional Headlines

A new knife bin has been unveiled by the mother of Christina Edkins, stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham last year. The bin is in Ruston Street, near the scene of her Hagley Road death.

Dozens of jobs face the axe at Birmingham-based water regulator Ofwat, as a result of a re-structure for the organisation.

National Headlines

An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. New draft guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aim to reduce debilitating complications, which are a huge drain on NHS resources.

Taxpayers may have lost out on about £1bn from the undervaluing of Royal Mail, a committee of MPs has said. The government feared failure and acted on bad advice over the Royal Mail stock market flotation, reports the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee.

The Church of England has ended its investment in the payday lender Wonga.

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