Media Watch – July 22

By on 22/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dying mum faces eviction in row over bedroom tax (Birmingham Mail) A wheelchair-bound Shard End woman dying of cancer claims she is facing eviction from her council house after refusing to pay £23.57 a week. A council spokesperson quoted as saying that the local authority has been urging the tenant (Veronica Kenning) to apply for discretionary housing payment - but she consistently refuses the assistance.

CCTV hunt for EDL hooligans (All local media) Extensive coverage of the weekend's protests in Birmingham city centre, which saw police make 20 arrests.

City centre tunnel closures (Local media) Widespread coverage of the first days of the closures of the St Chad's and Queensway tunnels. BBC WM presenting its travel bulletins from the council's traffic control centre day.

Strong booze could be axed from city shelves (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Super-strength alcohol could be removed from the shelves of shops in Birmingham as part of an effort to cut crime.

Big squares celebration for new library opening (Birmingham Mail) A weekend of celebrations has been planned to mark the opening of the Library of Birmingham.

The heat's on for hard-up parents (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at the cost of entertaining the family during the summer holidays. Cllr John Cotton quoted in relation to cheap and free things to do at many city attractions.

Rise in devil dog cruelty (Sunday Mercury) A surge in the popularity of “devil dogs” has been cited as one of the key reasons for a 76 per cent rise in animal cruelty reports. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted - saying that she feels the solution is mandatory microchipping for all dogs.

Home-to-school service for disabled spared axe (Birmingham Mail) The council is reported to have backed down on plans to withdraw home-to-school transport from severely disabled children following the threat of legal action. Cabinet member Cllr Brigid Jones quoted - saying she has asked for all refusals of transport to be reviewed.

Deal is struck to safeguard the future of historic market (Market Trader and Independent Retailer) Further coverage of the recent announcement that the city's retail markets will be at the centre of plans to redevelop the wholesale markets site. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

The lamb curries that contain no lamb (Daily Mail) Restaurants are said to be “tricking” customers into paying for lamb dishes that actually contain cheaper cuts of meat, it is claimed. City trading standards officer Nick Lowe quoted, after it emerged that only half of tested dishes in Birmingham were genuine.

100,000 homes may be built on green-belt land (Sunday Telegraph) Feature on plans to build new dwellings across the country. Reference made to green belt plans that Birmingham has been consulting on in recent times.

Regional Headlines

One of two Ukrainian men being held over bomb attacks near three mosques has been further arrested on suspicion of murdering a 82-year-old man. West Midlands Police said the arrest was in connection with the killing of Mohammed Saleem on 29 April.

Birmingham's universities have been condemned as the worst in the Midlands for student safety according to a new report - which has been branded as “completely misleading” by BCU and the University of Birmingham.

National Headlines

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital and is in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace says.

Two powerful earthquakes hit China’s north-west Gansu province, killing at least 47 people and seriously injuring almost 300.

The financial reports of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show 144 officials were paid off because they were given permanent contracts despite the authority winding down in 2014. Exit payments cost £2.8m in 2012/13.

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