Media Watch – May 31

By on 31/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Breast best in battle to beat childhood obesity (B'ham Mail) High childhood obesity rates in Birmingham could be linked to lower levels of breastfeeding, a health boss has claimed. Dr Adrian Philips, Director of Public Health, for Birmingham believes breast feeding is one of the factors that would lead to a lack of childhood obesity.

Push for £1bn to fund city housing (B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council has urged the Government to let it borrow up to £1 billion to build thousands of new homes. Sir Albert Bore said he wants the strict cap on borrowing for housing lifted.

750 make claims against city road firm for damage (B'ham Mail) Birmingham's road contractor is working through more than 750 outstanding damages claims - potentially leaving it exposed to a big compensation bill. Amey, the company responsible for maintaining the city's network of roads and footpaths, has paid out £160,000 to resolve more that 220 claims over the past three years.

'Booxrooms' loophole to defy bed tax (Daily Mirror) Council chiefs are defying the Government's hated bedroom tax - by reclassifying spare bedrooms as studies or boxrooms. Birmingham City Council cabinet member, John Cotton, said he was also looking into the reclassifying tactic. And added: “It is ridiculous that we have to look for loopholes but the bedroom tax is having a devastating impact on vulnerable households across Birmingham.”

Regional Headlines

Man charged over Marlon O’Reilly pub shooting death
A man has been charged with the murder of a man shot dead in a Birmingham pub, police have said.

Plans for a £50m revamp of Birmingham’s The Mailbox shopping centre – which include the addition of a roof – have been revealed.
Owners Brockton Capital said 500 jobs would be created when building work finished in 2015.

National Headlines
April Jones: ‘Reveal where her body is’ plea to killer Mark Bridger
Machynlleth councillor Michael Williams appealed to Mark Bridger: “Please, please let the family know”.

British national ‘killed in Syria’
The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a British man has been killed in Syria along with two others.


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