Media Watch – July 31

By on 31/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Housing boost with new lease and repair scheme (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM) Housing in Birmingham is set for a £4.3 million boost, with an innovative new scheme to bring 190 empty homes back into use as affordable housing. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed.

Council’s housing powers devolved (Inside Housing) The largest council landlord in the UK (Birmingham City Council) has taken steps towards devolving its housing management services after excluding housing from its cabinet.

Council pledge before roll out of wheelie bins (Birmingham Mail) City leaders have promised full consultation with residents before rolling out wheelie bin collections across Birmingham.

Weather blamed as green waste piles up (Birmingham Mail) The long wet summer has been blamed for a mountain of uncollected grass and hedge cuttings on the streets of Birmingham.

Homeless figures up, spending falls (Birmingham Mail) The number of people applying for emergency accommodation in Birmingham has soared by 25 per cent at the same time as council spending was cut by a third.

Budding Bolts battle in Brum (Birmingham Mail) The eyes of the world may now be on London as the Olympic Games get into full swing. But budding athletes have been busy doing battle at an athletics event in Birmingham city centre.

Calling on Cam for better deal for Brum (Birmingham Mail) City Conservative and Labour politicians are setting aside their differences to bang the drum for Brum when they meet Prime Minister David Cameron.

Binmen sacked after being caught on camera sleeping in their lorry (Daily Mail, Daily Express) Passing businessman photographed the pair fast asleep in their Birmingham City Council truck at 9.30am. The council fired the pair who were employed by an outside agency after seeing the images.

Regional Headlines

Children’s services ‘inadequate’
Vulnerable children in Walsall are being “left at potential risk of harm”, according to an Ofsted report.

Homelessness ‘up 25%’ in Birmingham
Homelessness has increased by 25% in Birmingham, according to figures from a data company.

National Headlines

Olympics hit by China doping row
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen denies doping claims, while Team GB go for medals in equestrian, canoeing and diving on day four of the Games.

BP reports sharp fall in profits
Oil giant BP reports a sharp drop in second quarter profits after it reduces the value of a number of key assets.

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