Media Watch – Nov 20

By on 20/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hard-up Birmingham families to get council Visa card (Birmingham Mail) Hard-up families who turn to the city council for emergency help will be given pre-paid Visa Debit cards from mid-December.

UKIP launches petition against Birmingham’s new ‘life-saving’ 20mph speed limit (Birmingham Mail) Minority party claims restrictions will impact on businesses, slow journey times, increase pollution but do little to save lives.

Extra week for green discount (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s waste collection bosses have given residents an extra week to sign up for the £5 early bird discount on next year’s garden waste charge.

Bus lane enforcement (Central News) Birmingham City Council’s Kevin Hicks interviewed about bus lane enforcement in Birmingham.

Schools praised for tackling the ant-gay bullies (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham schools have been praised for their work in combating homophobic bullying.

Continued coverage of the Frankfurt Christmas Market (ITV Daybreak, Sky Sports News, BBC WM)

Meeting families’ needs (Nursery World) Birmingham is set to have the country’s biggest increase in disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for free childcare – from 4,657 this year to 10,500 by 2015.

Regional Headlines:

Birmingham awarded £4m jobs funding
Birmingham and the surrounding area has been awarded £4m of government funding to help tackle youth unemployment.

Fresh reports of needle attacks
Police investigating five needle attacks on women in Birmingham receive reports of six further attacks which could be linked to the same suspect.

National Headlines:

Call to end Troubles prosecutions
There should be an end to prosecutions for killings related to the Troubles before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland’s attorney general says.

Poorest ‘need more help over debt’
Much more must be done to help the poorest families tackle problem debt, Conservative-leaning think tank the Centre for Social Justice says.

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