Media Watch – July 3

By on 03/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Rent arrears go through roof as bed tax bites (Birmingham Mail) The number of Birmingham social housing tenants in rent arrears has almost doubled following the introduction of ‘bedroom tax’. Cllr Cotton quoted.

Tunnel work will see new park and ride (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City University is opening its car park for free this summer to help motorists avoid the city council tunnel closures.

Sainsbury's denies reneging on canal plans (Birmingham Mail) Sainsbury's has insisted that it has not gone back on deals with Birmingham City Council over the development of its new Selly Oak store.

Mum starved dog for month in cupboard (Birmingham Mail) Animal welfare officers from Birmingham City Council investigated case, resulting in owner being banned from keeping animals for five years.

Go-ahead for supermarket sparks a row (Birmingham Mail) A Sainsbury's store in Hamstead village which it is claimed 'will destroy jobs' and leave Birmingham short of industrial land has been approved on a narrow vote by city planners. Cllrs Clancy, Henley, Linnecor and Douglas Osborn quoted.

'Village Green' victory over mosque (Daily Express) A strip of grass in Aston has been declared a village green in a victory for campaigners who fought to stop it being turned into a mosque car park. Cllr Kennedy quoted.

Regional Headlines

The first of a new fleet of high-tech trams for the Midland Metro is about to be shipped to the Midlands from a factory in Spain.

The government rejects the idea of a ban on Chinese lanterns after one is found to have caused a fire at a West Midlands recycling plant.

National Headlines

Non-EU nationals who come to the UK for more than six months could be charged at least £200 each year to access the NHS.

Energy firms must do more to tackle electricity theft, a third of which is said to be for cannabis farms, Ofgem says.

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