Media Watch – July 30 (pm)

By on 30/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City's social care reform 'too slow' (Birmingham Mail) The slow pace of Birmingham social care shake-up could mean improved choice pledges are not met, Cllr Len Clark has warned.

Squatters back homes plan (Birmingham Mail) Housing chief Cllr John Lines has won the rare praise of squatters who campaign for better social housing in Birmingham. The Justice Not Crisis group has welcomed plans to build new council houses on one of its former squats.

Deprived areas get £14m boost (Birmingham Mail) Deprived areas in Birmingham are set to benefit from a £14 million regeneration scheme. Money will be used to improve quality of homes to boost fuel efficiency and build large family homes. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Regional Headlines

House price figures in West Midlands rise by 0.5%- best performing region outside London (BBC Birmingham online, Birmingham Mail, BBC Midlands Today)

As the Asian wedding season begins in the UK, the economy is set to benefit to the tune of £300 million (BBC Midlands Today).

The future of motoring in the UK is subject at the Driving Nation Roadshow in Centenary Squire, Birmingham (BBC Midlands Today).

National Headlines

British forces in Afghanistan have suffered their highest casualty rate this month since the start of the mission in 2001.

The Iraq war inquiry will “not shy away” from criticising people but may not be completed by the end of 2010, its chairman says.

A woman with multiple sclerosis is due to find out whether the Law Lords have backed her bid to clarify the law on assisted suicide.

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