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Abuse victims launch compensation bid (Midlands Today, ITV News online) Six victims of Marcus Marcussen, a former PE teacher from Birmingham convicted of historical sex abuse, have launched legal action against Birmingham City Council. Quoted council spokesperson confirming that the council had received three claims which it was currently investigating.
Hajj fraud (Midlands Today) Director of Regulation and Enforcement Jacqui Kennedy interviewed about work that Birmingham City Council is doing to raise awareness of and tackle Hajj fraud.
Food waste recycling ‘not ruled in or out’ (BBC WM) Cllr Lisa Trickett interviewed about food waste recycling, saying that nothing was being ruled in or out when the council’s contract with Veolia ends in 2019.
Black Country comedian and actor Lenny Henry looks set to become Sir Lenny after confirming he will receive a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to charity.
More than 5,000 people were admitted to hospitals across Birmingham after self-harming during 2013-14, while Wolverhampton saw a 40 per cent increase in admissions in the same period, according to new figures.
Chancellor George Osborne will attempt to bind future governments to maintaining a budget surplus when the economy is growing, he will announce later today. In his annual Mansion House speech, he will outline his plan to limit governments to a balanced budget in “normal” times. Mr Osborne first proposed the changes to fiscal policy in January.
A woman in Belgium is the first in the world to give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue frozen when she was still a child, doctors say. The 27-year-old had an ovary removed at age 13, just before she began invasive treatment for sickle cell anaemia. Experts hope that this procedure could eventually help other young patients.