Media Watch – June 23

By on 23/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

NI exemption for north branded ‘geography tax’ (Financial Times) Regional look at the Budget. Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby quoted welcoming the decision to press ahead with the New Street Gateway project.

£20,000 repair bill for dodgy DIY work (Metro) A jobless handyman whose botched DIY efforts at his Birmingham council flat left taxpayers with a £20,000 bill has been spared jail.

Graffiti team on target to clean up city (Birmingham Mail) Some 1,600 adult graffiti artists who defaced public property in Birmingham last year carried out 10,000 hours of community clean up after being caught by the city council.

Aggressive beggar booted out of flat (Birmingham Mail) An aggressive beggar who persistently harassed lone women, motorists and elderly neighbours for cash has been kicked out of his Birmingham council flat.

Council staff in game ban (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council staff were told yesterday they would not be allowed to watch the England v Slovenia game at work.

Birmingham scheme to create jobs for those with electrical qualifications (ableskills.co.uk) Workers with electrical qualifications could be employed to install solar panels as part of a new green housing scheme in Birmingham.

Regional committees steer climate change progress (Environmental Technology) A new committee in Birmingham has been launched to help combat climate change and keep the city green.

Regional Headlines

Man burns hands in Brierley Hill sub-station break-in
A man who broke into an electricity sub-station and suffered serious burns to his hands was arrested by police in hospital.

Benefits cheat filmed playing football for pub team
A Black Country man claiming benefits because he said he struggled to walk more than a few yards unaided has been sentenced after being filmed playing football.

Man died from tube in lung in Tividale nursing home
The family of a pensioner who died after a feeding tube was wrongly inserted into his lung have said they are disappointed by an inquest verdict.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the World Cup.

Budget: Osborne rejects Labour ‘carping from sideline’
The toughest Budget package of spending cuts and tax increases in a generation means the UK “can look to a brighter future”, George Osborne has said.

Obama pledges to consult with Cameron amid Afghan row
US President Barack Obama has told PM David Cameron he will “consult closely” with him over Afghanistan amid a row about the top US general.

England football fans gear up for crunch World Cup tie
Extra screens have been placed at Heathrow Airport England fans are gearing up to watch their team’s crunch World Cup match against Slovenia on Wednesday.

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