Media Watch – Sept 6

By on 06/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City slump sparks 140% rise in homeless (Birmingham Mail) The homeless total in Birmingham has soared by 140 per cent – with the huge rise set to cost an extra £3 million in the city this year.

Coverage of Birmingham Gardeners’ Show (Birmingham Mail)

Traveller family costs council £200k (Irish Daily Mail) Birmingham City Council is facing a £200,000 bill following failed legal battles over a six-year period trying to evict a Limerick family.

Continued widespread coverage of the Papal visit.

More gypsies set up camp in Brum (Birmingham Mail) An eviction notice has been served on another group of travellers which has set up camp in Birmingham (Stechford Hall Park).

When it comes to efficiency, Birmingham means business (Municipal Journal) As spending cuts loom, Europe’s largest local authority has already made huge efficiency savings, explains Stephen Hughes.

Huge asylum seeker children bill for Birmingham City Council (Sunday Mercury) Midland councils are being forced to pay out MILLIONS of pounds caring for child asylum seekers, the Sunday Mercury can reveal.

Regional Headlines

ELO cellist killed by hay bale in freak van Devon crash
An early member of British rock group ELO was killed when his van was crushed by a bale of hay, police said.

Sandwell Conservative defects over schools cuts
A Conservative councillor has defected to Labour over cuts to the government’s schools building programme.

National Headlines

Met Police to re-examine News of the World hacking case
The Metropolitan Police is to examine new evidence about the extent of phone-hacking involving journalists on the News of the World.

Student immigration levels unsustainable, says minister
The number of foreign students let into the UK is “unsustainable”, Immigration Minister Damian Green will say.

London Tube strike expected to cause severe disruption
Tube passengers have been advised to find an alternative way of getting home in London later as the first in a series of strikes begins.

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