Media Watch – July 5

By on 05/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Thousands get council tax bill for double debt (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham’s poorest residents have been sent council tax bills demanding more than twice the amount they actually owe. In fact the bills were accurate at the time they were issued but Birmingham City Council then negotiated extra council tax support funding.

Drive to target Birmingham’s sex disease hotspots (Birmingham Mail) A new plan to tackle sexually transmitted diseases will include targeting areas where there are high rates of sufferers.

Take control and stay healthy longer (The Raconteur) The state of Britain's health is a cause for serious concern which must be addressed by urging people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted about the city’s award winning Be Active scheme.

Counterfeit rings found at jewellers (Birmingham Mail) Three rings were seized by council officers from a jewellers shop in Birmingham were found to be counterfeit.

Chance to nominate a local hero (Birmingham Mail) Council workers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help improve the lives of citizens can be nominated for a top award.

Tories: We’ll fight city’s leisure centre closures (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s opposition Tories will force a vote among councillors to block the closure of city leisure centres. The city council is currently consulting over the future of its 45 sports centres and swimming pools after it emerged they were projected to go £6.9 million over budget this year.

Invest in libraries says group (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners are calling on Birmingham City Council to show its commitment to community libraries throughout the city with investment in computers and IT equipment.

Team’s national award for netting loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) An investigations team that has put scores of loan sharks behind bars is celebrating after scooping a national award.

Birmingham Law Centre closes (Solicitors Journal) Despite the offer of financial assistance from the city council, Birmingham Law Centre has closed, as a direct result of the legal aid cuts.

Why Google+ is now part of the comms landscape (Govdelivery.com) Article looking at the emergence of Google+ references Birmingham City Council’s Google+ page with over 24,000 users.

Regional Headlines

New £450m children’s hospital plan
A new £450m Birmingham Children’s Hospital is being planned to open on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site within “eight to 10 years”.

Druids Heath robber writes apology letter to victims
A robber has written a letter to his victims to apologise and explain he was at a “low point” in his life when he committed his crimes.

National Headlines

Unite boss attacks Labour leadership
Union leader Len McCluskey says he has “no trust” in Labour’s handling of a row over the selection of a candidate, which saw the party’s election chief quit.

MPs to vote on EU referendum bill
The Commons will vote later on whether to hold an “in-out” referendum on UK membership of the European Union, after a Tory MP puts forward a bill.

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