Media Watch – March 29

By on 29/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pickles’ business rates plan a ‘red herring’ (Public Servant) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes has dismissed a government proposal to decentralise revenue sources such as business rates as a ‘red herring’.

City tram plan right on track (Birmingham Mail) A £127 million tram scheme meaning cars will be banned from some of Birmingham’s main city centre roads has taken a huge step forward.

Bogus Census caller warning (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards officers have warned city residents to be on their guard against bogus doorstep callers pretending to be Census officials.

Fear for city youth clubs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s youth centres still face an uncertain future despite council attempts to plug a £3 million cut with temporary grants, it has been claimed.

Tax cheats caught via council tax bank (publicservice.co.uk) Birmingham City Council has identified £6.8m worth of fraudulent and incorrect claims for single person council tax discounts, by using data held across its various systems. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/council-tax-cheats-get-caught-in-data-warehouse/

Regional Headlines

Willenhall woman who posed as hospital dentist jailed
A woman who admitted working as a dentist in hospitals, despite not being qualified, has been jailed.

Woman, 46, arrested after fatal house fire in Walsall
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder over a fatal house fire in which a man died and three others were injured.

Further London Midland disruption expected
Passengers have been warned there will be a knock-on effect for London Midland services after a drivers’ pay dispute affected Sunday trains.

National Headlines

Libya: Allies meet for Libya conference in London
Members of the international community are to hold a meeting in London later to discuss the next steps for Libya amid the UN-backed military action.

Police forced retirement worries Labour
More than 2,000 of the country’s most experienced police officers could be forced to retire by 2015 as forces try to cut costs, according to Labour.

Helen Newlove urges communities to help tackle crime
The government’s “communities champion” says residents should be able to set the speed limit on local roads.

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