Media Watch – Sept 22

By on 22/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Widespread coverage of a claim that a Birmingham school served just one chicken nugget for lunch

Birmingham council slashes CIL charges (Estates Gazette ) The council has slashes taxes on new office space amid claims the charges would hinder development

New plan for Birmingham retail (Property Week, The Grocer) Birmingham City Council has launched a new strategy for the city's retail core

Two Brum children's homes shut (Birmingham Mail) Two homes, which had poor Ofsted reports are to close, following temporary closures last year

Naturist club in pool ban after chairman guilty of sex offences (Birmingham Mail, Mirror) Birmingham City Council has suspended a naturist swim club from a public pool after its chairman was found guilty of child porn offences. Quotes Cllr Brett O'Reilly, chair of Northfield district

Kerslake refuses to rule out  break-up of Birmingham (LGC) Sir Bob Kerslake has not ruled out that he will recommend to ministers the break-up of the city council to smaller authorities

English cities call for greater local powers (ITV online) Sir Albert Bore says that, following the Scottish referendum, there will be greater pressure for devolution for English regions

Homes fighters 'ignored' (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners battling plans for up to 6,000 new homes on green belt near Sutton Coldfield have accused the city council of ignoring objections. Cllr Tahir Ali denied the consultation was inadequate and that it was over the minimum required
 
Regional Headlines:

OAP conned out of £195k - A grieving widow from Sutton Coldfield lost her savings to a ruthless blackmail gang who hounded her over a non-existent debt

From the red carpet to the silver screen - The premier of the new series of the Birmingham-set Peaky Blinders took place in the city

National Headlines:

Tesco inquiry into profit forecast – Tesco says it has launched an inquiry after the supermarket overstated its expected half-year profits by £250m

Labour would extend child benefit cap – Labour plans to retain for a further year a coalition policy limiting the annual increase in child benefit to 1%, Ed Balls will tell his party’s conference

Blair: Don't rule out ground troops – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West should not rule out sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants

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