Media Watch – March 30

By on 30/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Truancy soars (Birmingham Mail) A total of 251 Birmingham mums and dads were hauled before the courts on truancy charges last year – and the figure looks set to dramatically increase for this academic year.

Cheats caught in data trawl (Birmingham Mail) Investigators at Birmingham City Council have uncovered a whopping £6.8 million of fraudulent claims for single person council tax discounts.

Tenants get the keys to new houses (Birmingham Mail) The latest raft of brand new council houses in Kings Norton have been handed over to delighted tenants following their completion.

Lib Dem sorry for extremist slur (Birmingham Mail) A leading Birmingham Liberal Democrat city councillor (Cllr Martin Mullaney) has been forced to issue a public apology after accusing a colleague of being a Muslim extremist.

Birmingham Connexions staff to strike over 30% cuts (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Staff at Birmingham’s Connexions youth careers service are to take industrial action in opposition to a 30% budget cut and possible job cuts, Unison says.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham fined for Carling Cup pitch invasion 
Birmingham City have been fined £40,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their fans after the Carling Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.
London Midland cancels 29 trains in overtime dispute
London Midland has cancelled 29 train services on Tuesday because drivers are refusing to work overtime.

National Headlines

Police face big cuts challenge, Denis O’Connor says
Some of the 43 police forces in England and Wales face a “big challenge” to make cuts without taking officers from the front line, the chief inspector of constabulary has warned.

Libya: William Hague hints at Muammar Gaddafi exile
Foreign Secretary William Hague has hinted that the UK might accept Muammar Gaddafi going into exile as a way of solving the crisis in Libya.

‘Fake bomb’ UPS flight from UK to Turkey investigated
An investigation has been launched into how a fake bomb was put on a cargo plane and flown from the UK to Turkey without being detected.

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