Media Watch – June 25

By on 25/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Jobs and growth plan for Aston, Newtown and Lozells (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) A new manufacturing business park is at the heart of a major regeneration plan which could create an estimated 5,000 jobs in one of Birmingham's most deprived areas. Cllr Tahir Ali interviewed.

UK’s largest stock-holding council in ‘bedroom tax’ avoidance bid ( The UK’s largest stock holding council has condemned the under-occupation rules for social housing – due to come in next April – and says a new consortium will help tenants avoid benefit cuts and protect landlords’ rental income. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

City’s advice website hailed as a major success (Municipal Journal) A groundbreaking website helping residents across Birmingham find the right adult social care services ( has been hailed as a success. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Liverpool’s call for living wage (Municipal Journal) Calls for Liverpool City Council to emulate Birmingham City Council’s recent introduction of a living wage.

Widespread coverage of the Aviva 2012 Olympic Trials at the Alexander Stadium.

New school bid is a ‘recipe for chaos’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans to open a school for ‘disengaged’ teenagers in a disused office block have been slammed by Birmingham planers as a ‘recipe for chaos’.

Good causes benefit from loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) Cash clawed back from loan sharks is set to be ploughed into boosting 11 community groups and organisations in Birmingham.

Fundraisers can be aggressive and intimidating, says report (Sunday Telegraph) Birmingham City Council one of several local authorities looking into the behaviour of street fundraisers (chuggers).

Free ping pong back on city streets (Birmingham Mail) Ping pong is returning to Birmingham next month when a series of table tennis sets will be set up in public squares, shopping centres and high streets.

Crackdown on charity pub scams (Birmingham Mail) Unlicensed and bogus charity collectors who trawl Birmingham pubs claiming to raise money for 'kids with cancer' are facing a fresh council crackdown. The move comes after Coun Tony Kennedy, a member of the licensing and public protection committee, revealed the number of scam collections are on the rise.

I’m no boy racer (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham grandfather has denied being a ‘boy racer’ after a racking up a £60 speeding ticket despite an electronic sign indicating his driving was fine.

Riddle over ‘faked’ chip shop support (Birmingham Mail) The city council’s planning department is set to ignore letters supporting a controversial chip shop plan amid complaints they are fake.

Regional Headlines

Airport calls for regional focus
The government is being urged to do more to promote regional airports rather than focussing on developing a hub airport in south-east England.

Dental plan for Pebble Mill site
The first stage of plans to build a new dental hospital on the former site of the BBC’s Pebble Mill studios are approved.

National Headlines

Cameron to seek rethink on welfare pay
David Cameron is set to call for a wider debate on welfare, arguing that the current system promotes a ‘something for nothing’ culture.

Unite: More strikes ‘inevitable’
Len McCluskey, leader of Britain’s biggest union, Unite, says that more strikes and industrial action are “inevitable”, and that Labour should be ready for an early election.

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