Media Watch – June 5 (pm)

By on 05/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

500 new city homes each year (Birmingham Mail, 5 June) Hundreds of new council homes are to be built in Birmingham as city leaders embark on a huge new construction drive, it was announced today. Work is to start next Spring on the first 131 homes in Balsall Heath, Handsworth, Kings Norton and Bromford, areas where there is huge demand for council homes. Coverage also appeared in Inside Housing, 24 Dash. A live interview with Cllr Lines for BBC WM’s Ed Doolan show also appeared, alongside other radio coverage.
Airport contract taxi row escalates (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of angry taxi drivers locked in a dispute with Birmingham Airport were set to converge on Solihull today in a bid to pick up fares. Spokesperson from BCC quoted says anything that disrupts the wheel of commerce in the city is to be abhorred.

We can defeat gangs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham teenagers drifting into gangs have been told to sharpen their business skills instead. The city’s Tory education chief, Cllr Les Lawrence said it was crucial to develop entrepreneurship among youngsters who were on the cusp of falling into gangs.

Foster case age worries (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s fostering bosses today issued an urgent plea for younger carers after revealing a growing crisis over the age of their current volunteers. Foster managers have launched a public awareness campaign. BCC’s Jacquie Smith quoted.

Regional Headlines

Firm waits for LDV to go bust

Three new cases of swine flu

A seven-year-old girl kept prisoner by her mother and her partner died after weeks of starvation, a court hears.

National Headlines

John Hutton quits as defence secretary and Alan Johnson is home secretary in Gordon Brown’s make-or-break reshuffle.

The Tories win Central Beds and take Somerset and Devon from the Lib Dems, as they win Bristol.



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