Media Watch – July 7 (am)

By on 07/07/2009 in Media Watch

TOP BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL STORIES

139,000 council houses to be built in the next decade (The Guardian, July 7, page 13) Council house building is set to begin in earnest for the first time in 20 years, it is claimed. Reference made to Birmingham City Council recently saying it could spend all of the £100m up fro grabs from the Government nationally.

City council set to splash out on swimming pools (Birmingham Post, July 7, page 13) A council pledge to have swimming pools within a 20 minute walk of every resident are set to gather place when a £2.5m funding package goes to Cabinet next week. Four projects (50m Olympic centre, Harborne, Moseley Road's second pool and Sparkhill) have been earmarked for work.

City is failing pupils on academic diversity (Birmingham Post, July 7, page 17) Former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead has said that he believes the city council could do more to improve the academic offer available to school pupils. Comments made during interview to promote his new book.

Tiny Babies, Big Appeal (Birmingham Post, July 7, page 37) Post People picture spread covering a fund raising campaign for a new neonatal centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Pictures feature personalities including Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Wilkes and Cllr Deirdre Alden.

Regional Headlines

MG Rover workers will have to wait until the new Serious Fraud Office enquiry into the former carmaker has ended before they will be able to access a £16million compensation fund, it has emerged (Birmingham Post).

Birmingham-based developer St Modwen has revealed interim losses of almost £100m for the six months to May 31 (Birmingham Post).

More than a quarter of 11-year-olds in the West Midlands are officially obese, new statistics have shown (BBC Radio WM).

National Headlines

Protesters from the Muslim minority rally against the arrest of 1,434 people in western China after recent clashes.

There is no evidence that new arrivals in the UK are able to jump council housing queues, an Equality Commission report says.

A £1m permanent memorial to the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings is being unveiled in Hyde Park.

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