Media Watch – June 11

By on 11/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Find safe haven for good night out (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the launch of the council's 2013 Best Bar None awards. Head of Licensing Chris Neville quoted.

Tram roles are set aside for jobless (Birmingham Mail) A deal has been developed by the city council, Centro and Balfour Beatty that will see jobs on the £128m Midland Metro tram extension set aside for the jobless.

Council's £4,000 payout to mum after B&B stay (Birmingham Mail) A family of five has received a payout from the city council after a complaint was made to the Local Government Ombudsman. The family lived in B&B accommodation for 17 weeks after fleeing from their home after threats of violence. After their B&B stay, they were then transferred to a house with a broken oven, cold shower and mice infestation. The council has issued an apology.

The search is on for Brum's Best Talent! (Birmingham Mail) Article on the launch of Birmingham's Best Talent - a concept devised by Lord Mayor John Lines to showcase the city's stars of the future, culminating with an event at Birmingham Town Hall on July 14.

Protest in memory of tragic tax mum (Birmingham Mail) A protest on Saturday is being planned by the Birmingham Benefit Justice Campaign, calling on the council to not evict anyone as a result of payment issues caused by the under occupancy charge, introduced by the Government as part of its benefit reforms.

Have your say on city riot payouts (Birmingham Mail) Residents and business owners are being invited to two sessions being hosted by the city council on behalf of the Government, which is gathering evidence for an inquiry into how riot payouts are administered. The event comes in response to the 2011 riots which affected cities including Birmingham.

New Lord Mayor thanks hospital staff for care (Birmingham Mail) Interview with Lord Mayor-elect Cllr Mike Leddy, who is set to formally take the chains of office at today's Annual General Meeting of the council.

More power to your e-lbow (Surveyor Magazine) A feature on how local authorities can use social media to enhance front-line services. City council media officer Geoff Coleman quoted, in reference to the “WM Grit” service offered by councils to inform motorists when roads are treated during the winter.

Regional Headlines

Six members of a Birmingham gang that planned a terror plot designed to target an EDL rally have received prison sentences worth a combined total of 100 years.

Birmingham has been named as one of the country's worst places for early deaths, according to figures in a new study from Public Health England. The city is in the bottom 20 per cent for “premature deaths”, classed as those before the age of 75.

Vandals have caused £3,000 of damage at Moseley Bog - the beauty spot said to have inspired the work of JRR Tolkien.

National Headlines

New-look GCSEs for schools in England are to be unveiled, with exams graded from eight to one rather than A* to G.

An ex-CIA employee who leaked details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance has disappeared from his hotel in Hong Kong. Edward Snowden, 29, checked out from his hotel on Monday. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to be still in Hong Kong.

Lloyds has admitted shortcomings in the handling of complaints at a centre set up to deal with PPI mis-selling.



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