Media Watch – Oct 8

By on 08/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Plain packaging and Stoptober (WM) Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about his support for the plain packaging of cigarettes.

11,000 in Birmingham chasing 75 one-bedroom council flats (Birmingham Mail) The Labour-run council says the figures revealed the misery inflicted on the needy by the Government's controversial “bedroom tax”.

Falling masonry fear forces road closure (Birmingham Mail) A road in Birmingham City Centre (Bennetts hill) was shut overnight because of a risk of falling masonry.

Council refuses cash for new rubbish fees (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have been criticised for refusing to accept cash payments for a new £35-a-year garden rubbish collection charge.

Health and Trading Standards warnings for Hajj pilgrims (Noor TV) Public Health Birmingham and Birmingham Trading Standards offer advice for people making the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Regional Headlines

Jail drugs ‘easier to get than soap’
The UK’s largest privately-run prison is failing to tackle drugs, which inmates say are now easier to obtain than soap, a highly critical report reveals.

MPs question economic case for HS2
A committee of MPs concludes there are serious doubts about whether a new high speed rail link will offer value for money.

National Headlines

Press plan for regulation ‘rejected’
Senior Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have rejected the press’s own favoured version of a royal charter for press regulation

A&E pressures ‘put patients at risk’
Excessive pressure on A&E consultants has the potential to put patients at risk, doctors are warning.

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