Media Watch – Oct 17

By on 17/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Home visits tackle blue badge backlog (Birmingham Mail) Council staff dealing with a huge disabled parking pass backlog in Birmingham have resorted to visiting applicants in their own homes to speed up the process, it has emerged.

Traders’ rent rise fear over markets move (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s market traders fear that relocation or development of the wholesale market will drive up rents and costs of transport, forcing some of them out of business, a survey has revealed.

£500k plan to restore empty flats (Birmingham Mail) A scheme worth £500,000 is set to bring dozens of empty flats back into use

Working together to improve Birmingham’s rented sector (MENAFN) Housing officials will meet landlords and West Midlands Police on Thursday 18 October in a bid to improve standards within Birmingham’s Private Rented Sector.

No junk food and hard work are recipe for a long life says 110-year-old Flo – Birmingham’s oldest resident (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's oldest resident Florence Pittaway was born, Edward VII was crowned king - and the sinking of the Titanic was still ten years away. Officials from Birmingham City Council and Social Services visited yesterday to congratulate Flo. She also received a card from The Queen.

Regional Headlines

Murder inquiry after pub death
A murder investigation is launched after a 30-year-old man dies inside a pub in the West Midlands.

Pedestrian struck by lorry dies
A pedestrian dies when he is hit by a lorry in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Charities voice benefits concerns
Up to 500,000 disabled people and their families could lose out under the government’s planned Universal Credit, a report for a number of charities says.

Violence mars England U21 win
England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson says members of his side were subjected to racial abuse after victory in Serbia.

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