Media Watch – March 20

By on 20/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Pickles: Bin survey is a waste of money (Birmingham Mail, Daily Mail) Further comment, including Eric Pickles in the Birmingham Mail, on the standard demographic survey which was included at the end of the wheelie bin questionnaire (with the option not to answer)

Councillors behaviour is exemplary (Birmingham Mail) The council’s Standards Committee found that last year none of its 120 councillors were disciplined for breaking the council’s code of conduct

‘Bedroom Tax’ survey casts doubt on Government estimates (West Midlands Housing News) A survey produced by Castle Vale Housing Association  found that 88% of people would make up any benefits shortfall themselves rather than move, compared to the 35% predicted to do so by the DWP. The council is now carrying out its own survey of tenants

Christmas campaign raises city’s profile (Destination UK) Attractions including the city’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market drew a record number of coach vistors and boosted hotel occupancy over the festive period

Regional Headlines

Police shake-up over missing people – Police in England and Wales are to stop sending officers to every report of a missing person following a pilot in the West Midlands University to open Middle East base –

The University of Wolverhampton is to launch a Middle East regional office in Oman

National Headlines

George Osborne will set out how he intends to use cuts to Whitehall budgets to benefit the economy, when he delivers his fourth Budget later.

President Barack Obama says there is much work to be done to establish real unity in Northern Ireland.

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