Media Watch – Sept 16 (pm)

By on 16/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

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

Clegg: Slash Brum’s debt (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Rent debt is falling (Birmingham Mail) Council house rent arrears in Birmingham have fallen close to a ten-year low following a crackdown on non-payers. Councillor John Lines quoted

Flats ‘not good enough for council’ (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Training group set to close (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham Ex-offenders Service Team (BEST), an organisation aimed at helping ex-offenders and troubled youngsters in Lozells is on the brink of closure. Council spokesperson quoted.

“Frohliche Weihnachten” – as they say in Brum. Chamberlink (Business Connections) feature on Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and its financial impact on the city.

Regional Headlines

Arrests made in scam marriages raids (BBC Midland Today/Central News/Birmingham Mail)
4 women have been arrested in raids aimed at tackling a scam marriage ring in Birmingham.

Unemployment on the rise (BBC Midland Today/Central News)
Unemployment has risen by over 10% in the last quarter and is at a 14 year high nationally. The Midlands have been hit particularly hard

Three convicted over dog-fighting (BBC Midland Today/Central News/Birmingham Mail)
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.

National Headlines

Benefits plan to ‘make work pay’ 
Archbishop condemns bank excesses 
Police stop-and-search forms cut 
Bradshaw to back licence fee plan

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