Media Watch – July 15

By on 15/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council approves £20 million deal (Birmingham Mail) Mansell, a Balfour Beatty brand, has been allocated 12 major construction projects for Birmingham City Council as part of the Constructing West Midlands framework.

Free wi-fi plan for the city centre (Birmingham Mail) Free wi-fi will be installed in Birmingham city centre as part of a groundbreaking deal which will also earn cash for council coffers.

Call for free parking to boost high streets (Birmingham Mail) Council-owned car parks outside the city centre should offer 30 minutes free parking to help boost high streets and retailers, according to activists.

Check you’re not giving charity cash to fraudsters (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy warns people to make sure charity collectors are legitimate.

Preparing for the tunnel closures (BBC WM) Kevin Hicks interviewed about the forthcoming closure of city centre tunnels for refurbishment work.

Applications to councils for hardship fund surge by 300 per cent (Inside Housing, Independent) English councils received more than 13,272 extra applications for an emergency hardship fund in the first month of the bedroom tax. The most applications were received by Birmingham City Council. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Hotel in Birmingham housing 40 homeless families from Newham (BBC WM, Newham Recorder) Newham Council is paying for around 40 families to live in a hotel in Birmingham in an effort to tackle a growing housing crisis. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed.

Anger at plain packaging delay (BBC WM) Cllr Steve Bedser reflecting on the failure to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

Regional Headlines

Two people rescued after shop blaze Two people are rescued as firefighters tackle a blaze at a shop in Birmingham.

‘Bomb part’ found after mosque blast A controlled explosion is carried out on what police say is part of a device that exploded outside a mosque in Tipton.

National Headlines

Benefits cap of £500 begins roll-out A cap on the total amount of benefits that people aged 16 to 64 can receive begins rolling out across England, Scotland and Wales.

Rent ‘unaffordable’ in third of UK A third of Britain is effectively off-limits to lower-income working families because private rents are unaffordable, a new report claims.

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