Media Watch – March 21

By on 21/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

OAP gets lost £60k (The Sun, Daily Mail) A disabled OAP has received about £60,000 from the Government – after Birmingham City Council officers discovered she had failed to claim her pension for 10 years.

Warning over fake census officials (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards chiefs have warned people to be on their guard for doorstep tricksters posing as Census officials.

Birmingham strikes Olympic Gold (BBC, ITV Central, BRMB, The Voice) Cllr Mike Whitby interviewed at the launch of Meet Jamaica 2012 – an initiative to help Birmingham businesses make the most of next year’s Olympic Games. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/birmingham-businesses-strike-olympic-gold/

Takeaways action call (Birmingham Mail) Councillors are looking to use planning powers to limit the number of takeaways opening along a busy Birmingham high street after they reached saturation point.

Warning as youth units shut (Birmingham Mail) A youth service in Birmingham (St Paul’s Community Development Trust) is being forced to close, sparking fears it could lead vulnerable youngsters into gang culture and crime.

Council spends £160k on trips abroad (Sunday Mercury) Cash-strapped council chiefs have spent more than £160,000 of taxpayer money on foreign trips for staff since 2008. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/reduction-in-overseas-travel-costs/

Crackdown on dodgy cash for gold dealers (Birmingham Mail) An office of Fair Trading crackdown on dodgy cash for gold dealers was the result of a successful investigation by Birmingham trading standards officers.

Front door… or no go for home plans (Birmingham Mail) A much needed dementia care home has been refused planning permission – because it does not have a front door.

‘New library will be a waste of money’ (Birmingham Mail) Architect John Madin, the man who designed the Central Library, has attacked its £193 million replacement as a waste of money and not fit for purpose.

Move a blow for homeless (Birmingham Mail) Homeless families in south east Birmingham face a long journey to find a roof over their heads following a shake-up of services in the city.

Regional Headlines

Japan rescue team from the West Midlands is praised
West Midlands firefighters have returned home following their relief mission to Japan.

Birmingham cannabis factory fire injures two
Two men are being treated in hospital after a fire broke out at a house in Birmingham that was being used as a cannabis factory.

Murder probe after teenager shot dead in West Midlands
Detectives have started a murder inquiry after an 18-year-old man died from gunshot wounds in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Libya: UK joins in second night of missile strikes
UK military have taken part in a second night of missile strikes against Libya.

Ofgem announces ‘radical’ review of energy prices
Regulator Ofgem has told energy firms they must offer simpler tariffs to help consumers compare prices.

2011 Budget: Government ‘due £8bn windfall’
The government appears to be gaining control of the public finances and could benefit from an £8bn windfall this year due to higher tax revenue and lower spending, a report suggests.

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