Media Watch – June 17

By on 17/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

£440m council credit card bill (Sunday Times, Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Star) Story looking at the spend on council credit cards across the UK with references to Birmingham City Council.

Outcry at council’s £29,000 wheelie bin publicity campaign (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been criticised for splashing out almost £30,000 on trying to persuade residents wheelie bins are a winner.

Blues sponsor leaves health chief fuming (Birmingham Mail) A health chief (Cllr Steve Bedser) has voiced his disappointment over news an electronic cigarette manufacturer will sponsor Blues' shirts next season.

Allotment holders driven from the land by price rises (Birmingham Mail) Allotment holders have left their plots in droves after being hit by a drastic price hike. Rents are £40-£90 or £20 to £45 (over-60s rate)

Ways to drive down cost of car insurance (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice to keep your motor insurance premiums to a minimum.

Outcry over Broad Street car ban during six-week tunnels closure (Birmingham Mail) New bombshell hits commuters facing six weeks of gridlock for the upgrade of city’s St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels.

Pharmacy late service is refused (Birmingham Mail) City planners have refused a pharmacist (Common Lane, Sheldon) permission to open until 9pm on Sundays, saying it would shatter the peace for neighbours.

LGBT gym opens in Birmingham (Leisure Opportunities) Birmingham’s LGBT community has opened a new sports and fitness studio with some classes funded through the city council’s Be Active scheme.

Business grant allows expansion for plastics firm (Machinery Market) A plastics company based in Tyseley has secured a new finance package from Birmingham City Council’s Business Development Programme.

Regional Headlines

Estranged husband on murder charge
A man is charged with murdering his estranged wife, who was reported missing when she failed to collect her children from school.

Man held as four stabbed in mosque
A 32-year-old man is arrested after four men, one of them a police officer, suffer stab wounds at a mosque in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Syria set to dominate G8 summit
The leaders of the G8 nations are set to begin a summit in Northern Ireland, with Syria likely to dominate but global economic issues also key.

NHS ‘needs to simplify urgent care’
The NHS in England needs to provide a much simpler and co-ordinated system of round-the-clock urgent and emergency care, a review of its services says.

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