Media Watch – May 20

By on 20/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Revealed: Devastating impact of ‘bedroom tax’ sees huge leap in demand for emergency hardship handouts for tenants (Independent, i, Mirror, People, Guardian, ITV, Huffington Post, PA Newswire) The extent of the suffering inflicted by the “bedroom tax” can be revealed for the first time today as figures show a 338 per cent leap in the number of people applying for emergency handouts in the month since it was imposed. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Care home left gran to die of thirst (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham gran died of dehydration in a city care home following gross neglect by staff, a coroner ruled.

City’s growing excitement as top show looms (Birmingham Mail) A host of green fingered local groups, including Birmingham City Council, are set to take part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live event next month.

A new simple way to put finances first (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice on choosing the right financial products.

Public charter to put victims of crime first (Birmingham Mail) Victims of crime and antisocial behaviour are to be given a guarantee that they will be put first when dealing with the city council, police and other public agencies.

Wheelie bin launch date is confirmed (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s controversial wheelie bins are to be delivered to households next week, ready for collections to begin in June.

Birmingham woman who fled the Nazis retires at 90 (Birmingham Mail) The nonagenarian (Anne Shearer), who was awarded an MBE for her voluntary work with the elderly in 2006, has stepped down from her role as Chair of Birmingham City Council's Older Peoples' Reference Groups.

Police asked residents: Are you gay? (Birmingham Mail, Daily Mail) The question was asked in a document sent to groups asking them to confirm they wanted to receive details of crimes or policing initiatives in their areas. Cllr Deirdre Alden quoted.

The best things in life are free (Sunday Telegraph) Sheldon Country Park included in feature looking at free or cheap family days out.

Advanced ventilation solution creates comfortable environment at Birmingham offices (Energy in Buildings and Industry) Birmingham City Council’s award-winning office development at Woodcock Street is using an advanced natural ventilation solution.

Regional Headlines

New group for Sikh police officers
A new association is started by West Midlands police officers to improve relationships between the force and the Sikh community.

Police appeal over kebab shop attack
A man, 20, suffers “life threatening” injuries following an assault outside a kebab shop in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Gay marriage bill returns to Commons
Conservative Party divisions over legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales are set to be exposed again when the plans return to the Commons later.

Second body found after house blast
A second body is found at the scene of an explosion at a Nottinghamshire house.

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