Media Watch – June 22

By on 22/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City councillors: We were misled over CCTV cameras (Birmingham Post.net, Birmingham Mail) Two Birmingham councillors (Mohammed Ishtiaq and Salma Yaqoob) have lodged official complaints with the Independent Police Complaints Commission claiming they were deliberately misled over a hugely controversial project to tackle terrorism.

Region already feeling government knife cuts (Birmingham Mail) Political editor Jon Walker looks at what today’s budget could mean for Birmingham and the West Midlands.

DIY blunders cost council £20,000 (Birmingham Mail) A tenant has left Birmingham City Council with a £20,000 repair bill after gutting his flat in a botched DIY project.

Brum saddled with £300m housing bill (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s £68,000 council house tenants will be saddled with almost £300 million of debt under a proposed shake-up of housing funding, it has emerged.

Ladywood teen news service faces axe (Birmingham Mail) A successful video news website created by teenagers is being forced to shut down following the withdrawal of council funding. The TNT News Team is being wound up in July and moved to Frankley.

Travellers set up camp on Birmingham country park (Birmingham Post.net, Birmingham Mail) Police and city park rangers are preparing to evict travellers from a Birmingham beauty spot (Woodgate Valley Country Park).

Economic study puts Birmingham on brink of ‘struggling’ status (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham is perilously close to falling into the ‘struggling cities’ category where house prices, job creation and economic wealth are significantly below average, according to an economic study.

Call for wheely bins in Birmingham’s student areas (Birmingham Mail) Students claim rats are causing a health hazard because the city council is refusing to provide wheelie bins.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham rape accused boy says mother was ‘paranoid’
The younger of two brothers accused of raping their sister has told a court that his mother was “paranoid” about contact between her children.

‘Large’ man removed from flight to see dying aunt
A man who wanted to fly to Canada to see his dying aunt says he was taken off the plane because he was too large.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the World Cup.

Budget: Tough tax rises and spending cuts expected
The toughest package of tax increases and spending cuts in a generation is expected to be unveiled later by Chancellor George Osborne in his first Budget.

NHS watchdog NICE calls for trans-fats ban in foods
he NHS watchdog NICE is calling for trans-fats to be eliminated from food in England.

Unions urge bosses to let staff watch England match
Employers have been urged by the TUC to allow staff to watch England’s World Cup game with Slovenia on Wednesday.

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