Media Watch – May 13

By on 13/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sir Albert Bore re-elected Birmingham City Council leader (Birmingham Mail) Councillor saw off challenge from backbencher John Clancy by 51 votes to 23.

High demand for emergency funds (BBC WM, ITV Central, West Midlands Housing News) Cllr John Cotton interviewed after Birmingham City Council recorded a huge increase in the number of people seeking help to pay their rent in the first two weeks after Government welfare reforms came into effect.

Birmingham City Council deal slashes tax bill for low-paid and unemployed (Birmingham Mail) Nearly 50,000 households will now pay between £70 to £130 council tax for the year.

The council is a catalyst for growth (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes says no stone should be left unturned in the search for economic growth.

Test drive for ‘cars on demand’ (BBC) What is it like to rent and drive one of Birmingham’s “drive on demand” cars?

Train restorers on right track after winning £100,000 grant (Birmingham Mail) Tyseley Locomotive Works wins money from European Regional Development Fund to help fund new £300,000 workshop. The grant came through Birmingham City Council 's Tyseley Property Assistance Programme grant scheme.

Mapping out welfare reform impact zones (Housing) Birmingham City Council has joined with local charities to put together a map detailing the expected impact of welfare reforms across the city in an attempt to identify and target crisis support.

Building a new workforce (Chamberlink) A Birmingham publishing business is helping the city’s education chiefs to produce the workforce of tomorrow.

Children’s classic is first on shelves (CILIP Update) The Library of Birmingham’s first book has been placed on a shelf as the task of stocking the new building begins.

Outsource on hold as plans are reassessed (CILIP Update) Moves to outsource the running of Birmingham City Council’s library services have been put on hold.

New app-roach for opening (CILIP Update) Library expertise is being transferred to the pockets of residents in Birmingham, thanks to the launch of a new app.

Samosa chef’s anger in battle over ‘unfit’ unit (Birmingham Mail) Afia Akram claims her business suffered because of the conditions of the unit she rented from Birmingham City Council. The claims were investigated but BCC accepts no responsibility for the problems faced by Mc Akram’s firm.

Regional Headlines

Dad shot ‘drinking with pub friends’
The man gunned down in a busy Birmingham pub was a 33-year-old father who had been drinking with friends.

Birmingham pub bombings: Peter Robinson backs inquiry calls
A bereaved sister’s campaign to get the Birmingham pub bombings re-investigated has been backed by Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson.

National Headlines

Cameron in US as Tory EU row rages
The prime minister arrives in Washington for talks with US President Obama as a debate rages within his party about the UK’s EU membership.

Right-to-die cases due at Court of Appeal
Two severely disabled men will go to the Court of Appeal later to try to change laws governing the right to die.

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