Media Watch – March 8

By on 08/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Planning mistakes hand pub reprieve (Birmingham Mail) Bulldozers set to demolish a historic Birmingham pub (King Edward VII – Lichfield Rd) have been halted – after mistakes were made in a planning report.

Council staff sickness rate is on the rise (Birmingham Mail) Sickness rates among Birmingham City Council staff are on the rise despite a crackdown on long-term absence, it has emerged.

Loan shark force award (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham team dedicated to fighting loan sharks has scooped a gong for its work.

Racers: We’re being bullied out of site (Birmingham Mail) Motor sport and community groups on Birmingham’s famous Wheel’s Park venue claim they are being ‘bullied’ off the site in a rent row with the city council. A BCC spokesman said: “The council has been working with the Trust and the users of the site for some time to create a viable future. The challenge is a difficult one as most of the charitable income and grants have ceased over recent years. Therefore the aim is to grant licences or leases to the main tenants for longer periods than currently exist to allow the main sporting and other uses to continue on a more secure basis. This dialogue is continuing and we are seeking a satisfactory conclusion for all.”

Council to publish Birmingham 'soup kitchen' map (Chamberlain Files, BBC WM) Officials at Birmingham City Council are hard at work on a new piece of research. The task is to produce a map showing the location of food banks in Birmingham, where people who do not have the means to support themselves can go to get a free meal. Cllr John Cotton interviewed.

Birmingham fuel bill savers urged to knit for homeless people (BBC) Residents in the West Midlands are being urged to knit hats for homeless people while they learn how to cut their fuel bills.

Warm reception for lifesaving winter initiative (West Midlands Housing News) Over 500 households have already benefitted from a groundbreaking Birmingham City Council initiative helping some of the city's most vulnerable people stay warm and well through the winter months.

A bad day at the office (The Times) Article looking at the local authorities that have requested exemption from the Government plan to let developers convert empty commercial spaces into homes without planning permission.

Child poverty concerns escalate as bundle of welfare cuts set to bite (Children and Young People Now) Article looking at the impact of Government welfare cuts highlights the £11.08m shortfall in Birmingham’s council tax support scheme.

Regional Headlines

Man quizzed over girl’s bus murder
Extra police patrol bus routes in Birmingham as a man continues to be questioned over the murder of a 16-year-old girl in Thursday’s rush-hour.

Five men charged over burglaries
Four men are charged in connection with a distraction burglary, following which a former Wolverhampton headmistress collapsed and died.

National Headlines

Hunt attacks ‘complacent’ hospitals
Too many hospitals are happy to coast along, settling for meeting minimum standards, according to the health secretary.

Lib Dems gather amid controversy
Liberal Democrats gather in Brighton for their spring conference amid troubled times for the party.

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