Media Watch – Nov 13

By on 13/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Can we stop smoking? (Guardian) Feature on government plans to reduce the number of smokers, including comments from Cllr Steve Bedser on Birmingham City Council's public health role

Bedroom tax aid runs out by Christmas (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham residents face 'an unhappy Christmas' because of housing benefit cuts, an MP has warned. Birmingham City Council has taken money from its housing benefit to help people hit by the so-called bedroom tax, according to Jack Dromey

Regional Headlines:

Groups awarded £6m to teach English - Six projects in England, including one in Birmingham, have been awarded government funding to teach English to the public using non-conventional methods

Life sentence for arson murderer - A man who killed a pensioner when he set fire to a block of flats is jailed for at least 21 years

National Headlines:

NHS shake-up proposes two-tier A&E - A two-tier A&E system in England should be created as part of an overhaul of services, NHS chiefs are proposing

Storm survivors 'desperate for aid' - People are growing increasingly desperate for food, water and medical supplies in typhoon-hit parts of the Philippines, a congressman warns

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