Media Watch – July 7

By on 07/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

West Midlands ‘economic powerhouse’ plan unveiled (The Guardian) Plans to create a West Midlands “economic powerhouse” to compete with the might of London – not to mention the growing strength of cities in the north – have been unveiled by the leaders of seven local authorities. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

New combined authority confirms name (BBC) The West Midlands Combined Authority could be set up by April 2016 The West Midlands Combined Authority has been confirmed as the name for a new “super council” for the region.

Focussing on homeless health (BBC WM) Ahead of a report to Full Council today, Cllr Sharon Thompson interviewed on the health challenges faced by homeless people.

New-look New St steaming in (Birmingham Mail) It may be a building site but with up to 3,500 people due to be working on New Street Station and Grand Central Shopping Centre soon bosses say it will be ready on time

West Midlands super-council should accept members from wider region says city Tory (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s opposition Conservatives have backed the formation of a West Midlands super council to drive jobs, economic growth and transport policy across the region.

Birmingham museums offer summer of family fun (Birmingham Mail) A packed programme of summer activities has been unveiled at Birmingham’s museums. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a range of events, exhibitions and workshops that will bring history, science and art to life.

Regional Headlines

Boy shot in Pakistan school massacre fears return home
The family of a boy seriously injured in the Pakistan school massacre claim their lives will be put in danger if they return home. Ahmad Nawaz was flown to Birmingham for surgery after he was shot in the arm in Peshawar last December, but his family’s visas run out on 4 August.

‘Brave’ grandfather Richard Guest died in Tywyn rescue bid
A “selfless and brave” Walsall grandfather who died while trying to rescue two teenage girls from the sea was a strong swimmer originally from Gwynedd who knew the beach he was on, his family have said.

National Headlines

7 July London bombings: Services mark 10th anniversary
A service will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral later to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 52 people in London.

Energy customers ‘paying too much’
Millions of energy customers have been “paying too much for their energy bills”, a year-long investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found.


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