Media Watch – July 19

By on 19/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of the USA Track and Field pre-Olympic training camp at the Alexander Stadium.

Launch of Birmingham’s new alcohol strategy (BBC WM) While most people drink responsibly, alcohol misuse ruins thousands of lives in Birmingham and cost the city around £200 million last year.

£60m saved on council’s contractors (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) More than £60 million has been shaved off the cost of Birmingham City Council’s outside contractors.

Emissions must be tackled if city is going to be truly green (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s efforts to cut carbon emissions and slash millions from its energy bills need to be increased by 15 to 20 major schemes if the city is to reach its carbon reduction target by 2026, it has emerged.

Council tax discounts to be scrapped (Birmingham Post) Birmingham council tax payers are facing the widespread scrapping of benefits after the Government revealed an £11.8 million cut in funding.

Traders’ shock over talks of markets move (Birmingham Mail) Traders have expressed disappointment after the new leader of Birmingham City Council said the city's wholesale markets would probably be relocated within five years.

Loan shark aid scheme for cabbies (Birmingham Mail) A new scheme has been launched to stop cabbies being driven to despair at the hands of merciless loan sharks.

Government passes the buck on funding council tax benefit EMB, says Birmingham Council (West Midlands Housing News) Government cuts to funding council tax benefit leave Birmingham City Council with no choice but to reduce benefits to some of the poorest families in Birmingham, further reduce council services or increase council tax, according to the authority.

Regional Headlines

Four held over nightclub stabbing
Four men are arrested by police investigating the murder of a man stabbed outside a West Midlands nightclub.

Jury retires in riot deaths trial
The jury retires in the trial of eight men accused of murdering three friends during last August’s riots in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Co-op to buy Lloyds bank branches
The Co-op agrees terms with Lloyds Banking Group to buy 632 Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham and Gloucester branches in a deal worth up to £750m.

Get a grip on Olympics, MPs urge
MPs warn the government to “get a grip” on security firm G4S to ensure the Olympic Games run smoothly.

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