Media Watch – June 19 (pm)

By on 19/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Back to the beach for a world of fun (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s very own city centre beach returned today when it was officially opened in Chamberlain Square. This year’s beach promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Council ‘didn’t contact Khyra’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Social Services failed to visit the homes of a girl who later starved to death despite teachers from her school raising concerns, a jury heard.

Council rent hike staggers nursery (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham nursery has been left reeling after the city council put up its rent by a staggering 400 per cent. Council statement says if the market evidence shows that an increase can be justified then the council is obliged to charge the market rent.

Dutton is Brum’s king of air miles (Birmingham Mail) City council official Clive Dutton us Birmingham’s global salesman picking up the air miles as he wows overseas investors with the opportunities here in the city. BCC spokesperson says explains it’s the Director’s responsibility to nurture economic links with potential investors- even more important in a recession. Council claims many trips were only part council funded.

Landlord slams tenant scheme (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham landlord who has lost thousands of pounds in rent under a controversial housing payment scheme is calling on others in the same position to pressure the council for change. A BCC spokesperson says the Local Housing Allowance is a national Government initiative and urges landlords who feels there is a problem to contact them.

Regional Headlines

Kick out Khalid as MP, says Perry Barr campaign group (Birmingham Mail)

1 in 10 young people are seeking job seekers allowance in the West Midlands (BBC Midlands Today)

National Headlines

The Foreign Office is to protest to the Iranian ambassador after Iran’s supreme leader calls the UK government “evil”.

The sacking of nearly 700 construction workers at Lindsey Oil Refinery prompts a series of walkouts at other sites.

Four families of servicemen killed in Snatch Land Rovers in Iraq and Afghanistan are to sue the MoD, the BBC learns.

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