Media Watch – March 23

By on 23/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Worker stole £17k (Birmingham Mail) A youth offender worker overpaid by a whopping £17,500 by Birmingham City Council has escaped jail – after she spent the cash instead of paying it back.

Log on to keep an eye on the council (Birmingham Mail) Armchair politicians will be able to watch Birmingham City Council meetings from the comfort of their own laptops within weeks following a landmark decision by city chiefs. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/social-media-and-council-meetings-update/

£9m cuts to children’s services (Birmingham Mail) Treasury funding for Birmingham’s children’s services including Sure Start centres is to be cut by £9 million, Ministers have admitted.

On your marks (Sports Management) Article looking at athletics provision in the UK features the £12.25 million redevelopment of Alexander Stadium.

10,000 new trees planted in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) A scheme to plant more trees across Birmingham (Birmingham Trees for Life) has taken root after reaching a landmark 10,000 new trees.

Regional Headlines

Fourth arrest over Wolverhampton gunshot murder
A fourth man has been arrested in connection with a murder in Wolverhampton.

Inquiry examines Meriden travellers’ site
A public inquiry has started into a travellers’ site set up on greenbelt land, which prompted nearby residents to keep a 24-hour vigil.

National Headlines

Budget 2011: Osborne to raise income tax threshold
Chancellor George Osborne is to increase the personal income tax allowance to give 25 million people a cut of around £45 a year in Wednesday’s Budget, the BBC has learned.

Britain steps up Libya no-fly zone mission
Britain’s contribution to efforts by coalition forces to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya is being stepped up.

Doubling of UK HIV rate prompts routine testing call
A doubling of new HIV infections in the UK in the past decade is leading experts to tell GPs to offer testing to all adult male patients in some areas.

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