Media Watch – June 20

By on 20/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Full Metal Racket (Sunday Times, BBC) Feature looking at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition.

Fury as Union Jacks defaced (Birmingham Mail) Vandals have ripped off Union Jack flags on posters advertising an Armed Forces Day event in Birmingham.

Local government pension gap balloons to £71.5bn (Daily Telegraph) Article looking at the funding gap faced by local government pension schemes.

Events ‘make life a misery’ (Birmingham Mail) Residents living along the route of Birmingham’s two biggest sporting events (Half Marathon and Sky Ride) have complained about the disruption and inconvenience they cause.

OAP village to create over 200 jobs in the city (Birmingham Mail) More than 200 jobs will be created when work starts later this year on Birmingham’s third retirement village.

61 homes to be built over summer (Birmingham Mail) A total of 61 new homes for council tenants are being built in Saltley this summer.

Brum’s the place to be – Whitby (Birmingham Mail) City Council leader Mike Whitby said that the sharp rise in Birmingham visitor numbers proves that the city has become a tourist hotspot.

City schools are caned by council chief (Birmingham Mail) Schools in Birmingham must improve if young people are to get jobs in the city as the country moves out of recession, council leader Mike Whitby has warned.

Birmingham City Council adopts motion on Kashmir (Kashmir Media Service, Associated Press of Pakistan) Birmingham City Council (BCC) adopted a motion on Kashmir urging the British Government to engage with international partners in seeking a permanent solution to the disputed area of Jammu and Kashmir through the United Nations resolutions.

Mr Showbiz enjoys his proudest night (Birmingham Mail) An unsung hero (entertainment guru Laurie Mansfield) honoured with a star on Broad Street said it was one of the proudest moments of his career.

Councillor: Our town is not dirty (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Graham Green) who claimed Tamworth was dirty and a ‘disgrace’ during a debate on wheelie bins has accepted an official invitation to visit the town.

Lee Longlands redevelopment approved (Construction Now) Plans by Glenn Howell’s Architects for 224 Broad Street have been approved by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Family appeal after fatal crash
The family of a man who died after a collision in Oldbury say they would like “the driver of the car that killed” him to come forward.

Grenade discharged at flats site
A smoke grenade is discharged outside a flat in a 10-storey block in the Wolverhampton area.

Labour welcomes defecting mayor
The mayor of Sandwell, Joyce Underhill, is officially welcomed into the Labour party after leaving the Liberal Democrats.

National Headlines

Home care elderly ‘not protected’
The human rights of older people receiving care at home are being overlooked, an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission says.

Majestic McIlroy secures US Open
Rory McIlroy secures his first major title with an eight-shot victory in the US Open at Congressional.

Pension age change to be debated
Government plans to make women wait longer for their state pension will be debated in the Commons later.

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