Media Watch – June 14

By on 14/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tenants get new houses (Birmingham Mail) Tenants have been handed the keys to Birmingham’s newest set of council houses following completion.

Police seize fake Xboxes (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BRMB, PA Newswire) More than £500,000 worth of illegally ‘chipped’ Xbox consoles and copied video games have been seized by Birmingham Trading Standards and police officers.

BMX stars heading to city (PA Newswire) Europe’s top BMX stars will be heading to Birmingham this weekend to compete on the city’s new state-of-the-art track.

Estate revamp gets approval (Birmingham Mail) The final stage of a city estate’s 15-year regeneration programme (Perry Common) has been given the go-ahead by council planners.

High speed rail hailed (Birmingham Mail) A group has backed the Government’s high speed rail proposals.

We’re a work of art (Birmingham Mail) Two will become one if a pair of Birmingham neighbours win the chance to be immortalised in a sculpture outside Birmingham’s £188 million new library.

The central library (The Bookseller) Profile of Birmingham City Council’s Brian Gambles – the man in charge of the Library of Birmingham project.

Erdington’s scheme for young homeless people completes (West Midlands Housing News) More than 30 residents and guests have joined together to celebrate the completion of The Orchard in Erdington – a multi-million pound redevelopment for vulnerable young people in Birmingham.

Council warns of ‘hard choices’ after funding cuts ruled as unlawful (Learning Disability Practice) Local authorities in England will have to re-examine their funding of social care after the High Court ruled that Birmingham City Council acted unlawfully when it cut services to people with disabilities.

(Political) Make me the Mayor to get Brum moving (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham Labour leader Sir Albert Bore is today launching his campaign to become the first elected mayor.

Regional Headlines

Blues reject McLeish resignation
Birmingham City refuse to accept Alex McLeish’s resignation as manager and are seeking financial compensation.

Youths held in death crash probe
Two boys are arrested after a fatal road crash in Oldbury which involved a car believed to have been used in a burglary.

National Headlines

Ministers to relaunch NHS plans
Ministers will seek to reinvigorate their plans to change the NHS in England after an independent review recommended a major rewrite of the proposals.

Author unswayed by ‘suicide film’
Author Sir Terry Pratchett says witnessing a man being helped to die for a controversial documentary has not affected his support for assisted suicide.

Iraq abuse probe ‘is a shambles’
A team set up to investigate allegations that British troops abused Iraqi civilians has so far only interviewed one alleged victim, it emerges.

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