Media Watch – July 9

By on 09/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Transfer tax-raising powers to local councils, MPs urge (The Independent): Report that leaders of England's biggest cities want the power to raise more taxes and invest them locally. Leader quoted.

Outdoor adventure centre used by Brum kids to close (Birmingham Mail): Story on closure of Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia, which is one of four outdoor learning centres being sold by the council. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted indirectly from statement issued in March.

Muslims warned about Hajj Fraud (The Asian Today): Story on national campaign to raise awareness of Hajj tour scams, being led by the City of London Police and National Trading Standards Board.  Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Government makes millions available for councils to build affordable homes (National Housing News): Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has announced that 15 local authorities will be able to borrow £60m over two years to build 1,000 new homes. Article states Birmingham will be able to borrow £10.6m to build 186 new homes.

Cemetery’s last burial plot for sale (national coverage): Story on the sale of the a burial plot at Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, which is managed by the council.

Strike threat over bins collection (Birmingham Mail): Article on possible disruption to refuse collections on Thursday as staff may take part in a national public sector strike.

Families gather to remember Bosnia genocide (Birmingham Mail): A memorial event to remember those killed in the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica will take place at the Council House tonight.

Regional Headlines

Two Birmingham terrorists have admitted fighting jihad in Syria after one of their mothers handed in his 'goodbye' martyr  note to police.

Inspectors find that drug use at Winson Green prison in Birmingham is still 'stubbornly' high.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder of Ikram Ullah Khan in Sparkbrook last Wednesday.

National Headlines

All passengers flying in or out of UK airports are advised to ensure electronic devices are fully charged before they travel, to comply with latest security checks.

NSPCC chief Peter Wanless, who is leading the review in to how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse, has called for people who cover up such crimes to be prosecuted.

Almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week, according to a study by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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