Media Watch – March 16

By on 16/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Heat is on for boiler firms (Birmingham Mail) Gas boiler repair firms blamed for failing to fix council tenants’ heating during the freezing winter have been told to make rapid improvements – or risk losing their lucrative contracts.

Homes fit for heroes in the city (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham was today set to become the first city in the UK to build new homes exclusively for injured soldiers.

Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby may face standards watchdog (Independent) The Conservative leader of Britain's largest council faces being reported to the standards watchdog for spending thousands of pounds of public funds on a hotel suite at the Tory Party's annual conference - even though he lives just a few miles away.

City clobbers drivers with £4m fines a year (Daily Express) Drivers paid more than £4 million in parking fines to a single council last year (Birmingham City Council) http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/parking-enforcement-2010/

Council scraps ‘super critical’ threshold (Community Care) Birmingham City Council has abandoned plans to set the country’s highest adult care eligibility threshold, following opposition from disability groups.

Regional Headlines

More than half of children in Aston and Nechells living below poverty line (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) More than half of children living in some of Birmingham's most deprived areas are experiencing poverty, new figures have revealed.

US webcam child-abuse woman jailed for 20 years
A woman who performed sex acts on a two-year-old child, directed via webcam by a man in England, has been jailed for 20 years by a US court. Julie Carr, 33, of Bangor in Maine, also sent tapes of the abuse to the man in Walsall, West Midlands.

Wolverhampton mayor arrested after cannabis raid
The mayor of Wolverhampton has been arrested after cannabis plants were found by police at an industrial unit.

National Headlines

Libya: UK no-fly zone proposal to enter UN talks
Negotiations are expected to begin on a draft United Nations resolution from the UK, France and Lebanon, which would impose a no-fly zone on Libya.

Japan earthquake: UK rescue team ‘foiled by red tape’
A UK rescue team says they were forced to leave Japan because they could not secure the necessary paperwork from the British embassy in Tokyo.

Third of patients admitted ‘at risk of malnutrition’
More than one in three people admitted to hospital across the UK are at risk of malnutrition, according to a survey of nearly 10,000 patients.

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