Media Watch – Sept 21 (am)

By on 21/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City’s debts reach £26m and could go higher (Birmingham Post) The huge debt racked up by Birmingham City Council has jumped by nearly a third during the summer to hit £26million, it has emerged.

Police probe council postal vote fraud bid (Birmingham Post) Police are investigating the worst outbreak of voter fraud at a Birmingham City Council election for five years.

Appeal over £2bn project to revamp schools (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council says it wants more local construction firms to get involved with the £2.4billion Building Schools for the Future project.

‘BEST’ project costs top £2m (Birmingham Post) A council project to help staff believe in themselves has cost taxpayers more than £2million in just three years.

Cllr Les Lawrence interviewed on Radio 5Live about raising achievement of white working class pupils conference.

This ‘village’ needs a voice (Birmingham Post) High Streets and town centres are doing what they can to survive the recession. Neil Elkes looks at how traders are coping in Acocks Green.

Bridging the gap (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is tailoring its house building strategy to fit an expanding city, writes Elaine Elkington.

Paper cuts become a real pain at committee meetings (Birmingham Post) The tiny band of public spirited citizens that bother to attend Birmingham City Council meetings are finding life even more difficult than usual – after officials banned them from having copies of agendas and reports.

Regional Headlines

Biker dies in M6 junction crash 
A motorcyclist has died in a crash involving a car and a lorry near a motorway junction in the Black Country.

Thousands go to see nun’s remains 
Thousands of people have been visiting Birmingham’s St Chad’s Cathedral to see the remains of a 19th Century saint.

Delays expected due to rail works 
Rail passengers in the West Midlands have been warned to expect more delays because of engineering work.

National Headlines

Charge students more, say bosses 
University students in the UK should pay more for their loans and accept higher tuition fees as “inevitable”, says a report from business leaders.

Lib Dem plan for £1m-property tax 
The Lib Dems are to outline plans for a tax on owners of £1m-plus homes, using the proceeds to help low-paid workers.

Insolvency rate ‘slows in August’ 
The number of failing UK businesses declined by almost a quarter last month, according to a report.

Tax inquiry into Lloyds off-shore 
Lloyds Banking Group is being investigated by British tax officials over allegations that wealthy clients are being encouraged to avoid UK taxes by channelling money through China, a BBC Panorama investigation reveals.

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