Media Watch – Nov 22

By on 22/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore wants income tax for Brum (Birmingham Mail) Council leader Sir Albert Bore is calling for a new Birmingham income tax to help provide better healthcare, transport and support for the unemployed in the city.

Legal highs are ‘Russian roulette’ says drugs expert (Birmingham Mail) Public Health Birmingham’s Ricky Bhandal says many products sold freely over the counter are potentially harmful.

Gatecrasher’s licence in doubt after rise in crime (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s biggest nightclub could have its licence suspended after police complained about stabbings, cannabis smoking and serious violence on Broad Street. Councillors meeting on Monday will be told of a string of problems linked to the Gatecrasher.

Outcry as £1.2m cost of new Library of Birmingham website revealed (Birmingham Mail) Experts say Capita-Service Birmingham site should have been much cheaper to set up and run.

Birmingham social services has 82 vacant positions to fill (Birmingham Mail) Recruitment crisis revealed as council leader demands meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

City’s online services push (Birmingham Mail) More council services could go online or even become largely internet only, as Birmingham City Council bids to save cash.

£3.6bn debts could mean financial doom for council (Birmingham Mail) Auditors have warned that Birmingham City Council could face financial collapse unless it deals with mounting debt while cutting costs.

Lord Mayor in quiz call (Birmingham Mail) Brainy Brummies have been given a final call to join the city’s biggest quiz and help raise money for charity.

Regional Headlines

Bone marrow transplant for boy after Asian donor appeal
A two-year-old boy whose parents have appealed for more people from the Asian community to register as bone marrow donors is to be given a transplant.

Sports therapy for injured troops
A £100,000 Royal Marine-funded facility where injured soldiers can fight back to fitness with their families, officially opens later.

National Headlines

Former Co-op Bank boss Flowers held
Former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers has been arrested in Merseyside in connection with a “drugs supply investigation”, the BBC understands.

‘Slaves’ held in horrific conditions
Three women rescued from a London house after allegedly being held as slaves for 30 years were kept in “horrific conditions”, a charity says, as two suspects are bailed.

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