Media Watch – March 15

By on 15/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham landlord finds just 6% of tenants will downsize (Inside Housing) A survey of residents by a Birmingham-based housing association has found that only 6 per cent intend to move to a smaller house as a result of the 'bedroom tax'. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Carruthers seeks to ‘raise the bar’ for reconfiguration referrals (Health Service Journal) Councils will need to provide “more convincing” evidence when they oppose NHS reconfigurations such as hospital closures, according to the health chief in charge of a review on the subject. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Disabled workers take action over Birmingham job cuts (Morning Star) Lawyers for disabled workers whose jobs are being axed by Birmingham City Council have launched judicial review proceedings.

Warwickshire scrap plans (Daily Telegraph) Warwickshire have been forced to abandon a £4 million naming rights deal with Birmingham City Council.

Scientologists in £6m Brum project (Birmingham Mail) The Church of Scientology has unveiled plans for a ‘complete and sensitive’ £6 million restoration of a listed mansion in Moseley following years of speculation.

First major event for new park (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new £11.74 Eastside City Park is set to stage its first public event tomorrow.

Lord Mayor is going down in the world (Birmingham Mail) A ‘very apprehensive’ Lord Mayor of Birmingham is set to abseil down one of the city’s most famous department stores.

Mystery over bank’s future (Birmingham Mail) Mystery plans for Birmingham's landmark Municipal Bank building are being considered by the city council.

Academies put school budget at risk – Bore (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s school budget could run out if many more turn into academies, education chiefs have warned.

Regional Headlines

Traffic problems ‘harming economy’
Motorway congestion is damaging the local economy, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce says.

Charge over assault on woman, 86
A man is charged with assaulting an 86-year-old woman in her West Midlands home which left her seriously injured.

National Headlines

School places ‘under real strain’
A surge in the number of children reaching school age in England is putting “real strain” on places, the National Audit Office warns.

Parties to deliver plans for press
Labour and the Lib Dems are set to offer proposals on press regulation after the PM’s surprise announcement of a vote on his own plans.

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