Media Watch – Oct 2

By on 02/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham Fair Finance provides alternative to illegal and high interest lenders (BBC WM) As part of a campaign against illegal money lenders and legal high interest lenders, a new loans service launches in Birmingham next week. Cllr John Cotton interviewed.

Lawn and order (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham pensioner has vowed to end a 30-year row over the jungle-like state of his front and back gardens. Birmingham City Council included Ray Waldron in a vulnerable gardening scheme, offering help to those unable to maintain their gardens.

City council heroes are up for awards (Birmingham Mail) A caretaker, youth workers, adult education staff and a housing officer are among ‘local council heroes’ nominated for the annual Chamberlain Awards.

Work begins on new £5m housing project (Birmingham Mail) A £5.2 million development of new homes in Kings Norton is underway n a joint initiative involving Birmingham City Council.

Councillor ‘sorry’ for leaflet handout (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham Labour councillor (Cllr Caroline Bradley) has been forced to apologise to constituents after distributing party political leaflets at a taxpayer-funded event.

Cuts hitting pest control services (BBC WM) Government austerity measures and local authority cuts are having an adverse effect on pest control services, according to a public health organisation. Mark Croxford (Environmental Health) interviewed.

Regional Headlines

£60m arts centre to become a college
Councillors agree to Sandwell College’s proposals to turn ill-fated arts venue The Public into a sixth form college by November 2014.

Charges dropped over burglary death
Charges against four men accused of a burglary at the Wolverhampton home of a 90-year-old former headmistress who later died, are dropped.

National Headlines

PM promising ‘land of opportunity’
David Cameron will promise to turn the UK into a “land of opportunity” amid economic recovery, when he gives his closing Tory conference speech.

Labour demands apology from Mail
Labour demands an apology from the Daily Mail after the paper says using a photo of the grave of Ed Miliband’s father was an “error of judgement”.

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