Media Watch – Sep 4

By on 04/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Library of Birmingham opens (Extensive coverage across all media) Birmingham's new library was officially opened by Malala Yousafzi yesterday.

Councils sell your personal details (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at recent research on how many times the edited version of the electoral register has been bought from West Midland councils - who are effectively powerless to stop such purchases by national legislation. In Birmingham 27 purchases at a cost of £4,727 were made in the five years to May 2012.

School place shortage (ITV Central) Prime Minister David Cameron opened the Perry Beeches III Free School in Birmingham, stating that such developments are helping meet demand for school places. Council spokesperson quoted as saying Free Schools can play a part in the educational mix but only if they meet genuine need.

Legal highs are 'like Russian roulette' (Birmingham Mail) Revellers are being warned they are risking their lives by not knowing what they are really taking when consuming such drugs - warning issued by Public Health Birmingham. Video:–warning/c0fe871c577246a79adfd1458e2d37c7

Dion's delight at grounds for improvement (Birmingham Mail) The Rectory Park Pavilion in Sutton Coldfield has been officially opened by former Aston Villa star Dion Dublin. Project funded by the Football Foundation and Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Ten years after opening, the Bullring development is being credited as helping to transform the city centre model for shopping by retail experts.

Police have launched an appeal about the disappearance of Natalie Putt, who went missing from her home in Lower Gornal ten years ago.

National Headlines

The GMB union is to cut the affiliation funds it gives Labour from £1.2m to £150,000 in the wake of row over reforms, the union announces.

Border Force staff at Calais were told to stop searching vehicles for illegal immigrants in order to help deal with queues at passport control, a National Audit Office report says.

The number of UK workers earning less than the Living Wage has risen to 4.8 million, research from the Resolution Foundation has shown.



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