Media Watch – June 23

By on 23/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City MPs rail against plans to take land for HS2 depot (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,300 jobs will be forfeited if a planned high-speed rail depot is built on historic industrial land in east Birmingham, ministers have admitted.

Wheelie bins will save the city £8m (BBC WM) As Ladywood residents use wheelie bins for the first time, Birmingham City Council’s Kevin Mitchell says the project will eventually save the city £8 million.

Cab firm objects to cut in charges (Birmingham Mail) A leading Birmingham cab firm has formally objected to a 2.5 per cent cut in fees for drivers. Earlier this year the council’s licensing committee agreed to cut licence fees by 2.5 per cent saving drivers between £3 and £7 a year depending on the type and length of licence.

Planning Decision D-day for store plan (Birmingham Mail) Detailed plans for a long-awaited Tesco superstore in Stirchley are set to go before the council’s planning committee next Thursday.

MP: Ex-city chief ‘covering back’ on Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail) A former Birmingham City Council boss (Stephen Hughes) has been accused of ”covering his back” after claiming the authority was tackling Trojan Horse allegations BEFORE the controversy erupted.

Discretionary housing help held back to stop bedroom tax 'buy out' (Inside Housing) Councils asking for additional cash to support tenants hit by welfare reform had their funding capped because the government believed they would buy their way out of the bedroom tax. Cllr James McKay quoted)

Development Birmingham’s bungalows prove popular (Inside Housing) Birmingham Council is considering building bungalows to free up family sized homes in the city in the wake of a successful pilot scheme.

Saltley school governors resign en masse in wake of ‘Trojan horse’ inquiry (widespread coverage) Board quits in protest over treatment by Ofsted and local council and voice ‘grave concern’ over remarks made by Michael Gove

Tackling health and safety at work myths (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy dispels a number of popular health and safety myths.

E-cigarette makers ‘are targeting children’ (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham health official (Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips) has accused the makers of e-cigarettes of targeting children - by introducing bubblegum and strawberry flavours.

Regional Headlines

Road reopens after oil spill crash
A major link road to the M6 motorway from Birmingham fully reopens following a crash which spilled oil across the carriageway.

MP calls for Heart of England Fine Foods to be saved by government
A Shropshire MP has called on the government to save a West Midlands food promotions company which has gone into voluntary liquidation.

National Headlines

Mothers have multiple babies removed
Thousands of mothers over the past seven years have had successive children removed by family courts in England

High speed rail ‘needed in north’
A new HS3 high-speed rail link connecting Manchester and Leeds could help create a northern “global powerhouse”, Chancellor George Osborne is to say.

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