Media Watch – March 26

By on 26/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Preparing for the impact of welfare reform (BBC WM) Cllr John Cotton interviewed about the impact of the new under occupancy rules, commonly known as the ‘bedroom tax’.

Birmingham Wholesale Markets: Council leaders back move (BBC) Council leaders have backed plans to move the Birmingham Wholesale Markets out of the city centre.

Councils reveal shock toll of cuts as axe looms again (Guardian) Councils are to roll out far reaching cuts to local services from next week in the latest round of belt-tightening, which town hall leaders warn will bring local government in England and Wales ‘to its knees’. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Horsemeat still on sale in the city (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards officers have discovered horsemeat contaminated food on the shelves on Birmingham shops – a month after the products were banned.

Bishop calls for Brum to be an inclusive city (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The Bishop of Birmingham has called on councils and transport authorities to offer free travel to children and young people as part of a bid to combat inequalities. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

‘Metal pests’ (Birmingham Mail) A city councillor (Cllr Keith Linnecor) has accused mobile scrap metal dealers of being a ‘real pest’ with their blearing horns early on weekend mornings.

CBSO gets £1.5m – for one year only (Birmingham Mail) The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has secured a £1.5 million council subsidy – but has been warned the funding may be cut next year.

Joy as pool plans given green light (Birmingham Mail) Plans to restore a 100-year-old swimming baths (Stirchley Baths) and redesign it as a modern community centre have been approved by councillors.

Regional Headlines

Snow stranded pupils set for home
A group of school children stranded by snow in Arran, Scotland, are on their way back to Wolverhampton.

Rail delays after cables come down
Train services in Birmingham and the West Midlands are disrupted after power cables came down.

National Headlines

Nurses to first train in basic care
Nurses will have to spend time as healthcare assistants as part of a measures to be unveiled by ministers in response to the Stafford hospital inquiry.

Search and rescue role privatised
Private company the Bristow Group is to take over the UK’s helicopter search and rescue operations, including those of the RAF and Royal Navy.

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