Media Watch – June 14

By on 14/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Meeting over closures of city tunnels (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Commuters likely to be affected by the six-week summer closure of Birmingham city centre tunnels can find out more about the proposals at a public event on Tuesday.

Housing supremo plan rejected (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham will not be getting a housing supremo after city councillors voted against the plans.

£600m cuts put council’s future in the spotlight (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council faces the most radical overhaul of services in more than a century as it grapples with shrinking budgets, the authority’s Labour leader has warned.

Masons’ Lodge to make way for new houses (Birmingham Mail) A well known Birmingham conference centre and wedding venue, owned by freemasons, is set to be demolished to make way for a new housing estate.

Brum to cash in on range of adverts (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has unveiled a new advertising hoarding over Broad Street, which will help to generate extra cash for the local authority.

Government should ‘scrap bedroom tax’ say 36 councils (West Midlands Housing News) The Government should abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ according to councillors from 36 councils – including Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham wants power to negotiate private rents (West Midlands housing News) Six councils want to negotiate private rents on behalf of benefit recipients and put the money saved into house building.

Library to open with a season of discovery (Travel GB) The £188.8m Library of Birmingham, set to open on September 3, is planning a Discovery Season of events, displays and activities to mark its launch.

Regional Headlines

Pensioners killed in crash named
A couple who died when their car was involved in a collision with a vehicle going in the opposite direction are named by police.

Lottery’s £12m jackpot unclaimed
A EuroMillions lottery player from Birmingham has won £12m but has yet to claim the prize, it has been revealed.

National Headlines

Cuts could be dangerous – Army chief
Gaps between military resources and planned capabilities caused by spending cuts “could become quite dangerous”, the Army’s head says.

Pensioners’ incomes ‘rising fastest’
UK pensioners’ incomes have risen faster than all other age groups in the last 30 years, a study shows, with the change called a “triumph of social policy”.

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