Media Watch – Sept 16 (am)

By on 16/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New apartments ‘not even fit for homeless’ (Birmingham Post) Hundreds of apartments built at the height of Birmingham’s professional services boom are lying empty, with even the city council refusing to buy them at knockdown prices for homeless people. Cllr John Lines quoted.

30,000 found to be fiddling council tax in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) A huge financial probe uncovered 30,000 people in Birmingham fiddling council tax benefit claims. Council Leader Mike Whitby quoted.

Clegg urging Birmingham coalition to cut deficit (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council must cut its record £2.4billion deficit, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has warned. But he insisted the Conservative and Liberal Democrat partnership which has run Birmingham since 2004 could not take all the blame for the debt level because it inherited a dire situation from the previous Labour administration.

‘Too noisy’ speedway club is facing final lap (Birmingham Post) Speedway could be banned at Perry Barr only three years after returning to Birmingham because council officers say the sport is too noisy.

Just an ordinary happy child (Birmingham Post) As Birmingham City Council braces itself for a critical report into Birmingham Children’s Social Services, Richard McComb sees at first hand just one of many cases dealt with by the city’s social workers.

Regional Headlines

Ground staff jobs set to be lost 
Up to 60 ground staff at Birmingham International Airport could lose their jobs.

Armed raiders attack rail worker 
A station ticket office worker has been attacked with a hammer by thieves who got away with cash from a booking office safe. The 54-year-old victim was attacked as he opened up Adderley Park railway station in Birmingham.

Three convicted over dog-fighting 
Three people have been convicted of a series of offences, following a BBC investigation into one of Europe’s largest dog-fighting syndicates. Claire Parker, 44, from Lincolnshire, Mohammed Farooq, 33, from Birmingham, and a 17-year-old boy were convicted at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

Hotel reopens after three decades 
A historic building in Wolverhampton is to reopen for the first time in 30 years after a restoration project that took five years and cost £7m.

National Headlines

Benefits plan to ‘make work pay’ 
Plans to get 600,000 people off welfare and into work are being proposed by an independent think tank set up by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith.

Archbishop condemns bank excesses 
The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the BBC he fears financiers feel no “repentance” for the excesses which led to the economic collapse.

Police stop-and-search forms cut 
Police officers will no longer have to fill out lengthy forms when they stop and search people in the street, the home secretary will announce.

Bradshaw to back licence fee plan 
The culture secretary is to make a speech in which he is expected to defend plans to use part of the licence fee to fund regional ITV news.

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