Media Watch – March 8

By on 08/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Fortress’ for wives (The Sun, Birmingham Mail) Battered wives are having American-style fortified ‘panic rooms’ built into their homes. It is part of a ‘sanctuary scheme’ developed by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/sanctuary-rooms-for-domestic-violence-victims/

Apply to hold a royal party (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has announced details about how residents can go about holding a street party to celebrate the royal wedding.

Pothole deal hailed as blueprint (Birmingham Mail) Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond said Birmingham’s unique deal to maintain its roads could become a blueprint for the rest of the country.

Drive to keep able-bodied off Ring and Ride (Birmingham Mail) Tighter controls could be introduced to stop passengers who are able-bodied using Birmingham’s Ring and Ride bus service, councillors said.

Flats scheme for city pub (Birmingham Mail) A popular pub could be turned into flats under plans submitted to Birmingham City Council officials.

Call centre waste service under fire (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s under-fire call centre is in trouble again – this time over claims it has failed to deal promptly with pleas to pick up rubbish sacks missed by binmen and requests for household bulky waste collections.

Regional Headlines

Police spend £1m to keep speed cameras
Police chiefs have pledged £1 million to keep speed cameras on the streets of the West Midlands – despite councils pulling crucial funding.

We missed out on Lotto windfall because of a broken ticket machine
Six workers at Solihull’s Land Rover factory are reeling with disappointment after missing out on a lottery windfall – because of a broken ticket machine.

National Headlines

Spending cuts to force 28,000 police job losses – Acpo
Government cuts will claim 28,000 police jobs, the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has said.

Hague defends help given to UK woman in Libya
The government has rejected claims that it did not give enough aid to a British woman fleeing violence in Libya.

Universities face tuition fee levy for poorer students
Universities in England wanting to charge fees of £9,000 per year could have to spend £900 of that income on access for poorer students.

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