Media Watch – March 22

By on 22/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

8,500 pupils miss month of lessons (Birmingham Mail) An incredible 8,500 Birmingham pupils missed a month of school last year, figures show.

Olly gig fakers face the music (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at a Birmingham trading standards operation targeting unofficial merchandise at Olly Murs’ NIA concert.

Fast food staff in litter takeaway (Birmingham Mail) Takeaway staff took away tonnes of rubbish blighting Birmingham’s highways in a bid to clean up the city.

Lack of ‘heavyweight’ support leaves Heseltine drive in doubt (Local Government Chronicle) Lord Heseltine’s plea that ministers and top civil servants help drive the £49bn programme to boost economic growth in the regions has been ignored by the Treasury.

Switching calls saves city £2m (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council hopes to slash its mobile phone bill by £2 million over the next three years by switching its supplier.

Regional Headlines

Heavy snow closes several schools
Several schools across Birmingham and the Black Country are shut as heavy snow falls, with more expected later.

Cathedral funeral for bus stab girl
The funeral for a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed on a bus on her way to school will be held on Friday.

National Headlines

Military Cross for ‘cool’ soldier
A soldier who “kept a cool head under fierce fire” in Afghanistan is among 118 members of the armed forces recognised in the latest military honours.

Clegg wants bail system for migrants
Nick Clegg is to call for security bonds to tackle abuse of visas, as Vince Cable launches an attack on the coalition’s immigration policy.

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