Media Watch – September 15

By on 15/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Extensive (largely misleading) coverage of Royal British Legion collection story (Daily Mirror, Metro, Sun, Daily Telegraph, BBC, Birmingham Mail) http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/09/statement-on-british-legion-charitable-street-collections/

Top-top shape (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC Midlands Today, WM, BRMB, Heart, BBC Online) The Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby marked a special milestone in the construction of the new Library of Birmingham with a special topping out ceremony on the roof of the £193 million building.

Council sues man in battle to claim mother’s pension for care (Birmingham Post) A retired company director is being sued by Birmingham City Council in an £18,000 wrangle over his disabled mother’s care home costs.

Council workers set to strike (Birmingham Post) Thousands of Birmingham City Council workers are set to strike next Wednesday in the latest walk-out over controversial new contracts.

Fitting tribute to Lib Dem’s work (Birmingham Post) For Birmingham City Council deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley, opening the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Birmingham will prove to be one of the highlights of a political career spanning five decades.

Birmingham City Council leading the way in quality social housing (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is leading the way nationally in providing high quality social housing to match the aspirations of its existing and prospective customers.

Doorstep firm banned in city (Birmingham Mail) City Licensing chiefs have rejected a company’s bid to raise funds for two Birmingham hospitals from doorstep clothing collections – because only five per cent of their takings go to charity.

Billboards project opens new dimension in urban art (Birmingham Post) Up to 100 advertising billboards across Birmingham are to be transformed into a unique art gallery in a project supported by Birmingham City Council and other partners.

Mice infested city nursery (Birmingham Mail) A nursery in Birmingham has been fined £2,500 after mice droppings were repeatedly found in its kitchen.

Housing plan thrown out (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Sutton Coldfield are celebrating after seeing off a second bid to build large homes on back gardens.

Poor ‘priced out of cheap social homes’ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham social landlord has been accused or pricing poorer people out of inner-city properties after asking to charge near market rents for housing originally intended to be sold at discount. Concerns were raised at Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.

Aston Uni in jobs link up (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes has welcomed an initiative that sees Aston University teaming up with investment firm Goldman Sachs to boost the Midland economy through job creation.

Regional Headlines

Three charged over riots shooting
Two men and a teenage boy are charged over an incident when shots were fired at police and the force helicopter during last month’s riots.

Son ‘starved’ his parents’ pets
A man is jailed for allowing five of his parents’ six pets to starve to death while they were on holiday, the RSPCA says.

National Headlines

Midwife shortages ‘risking lives’
Parts of England are facing big midwife shortages, putting the safety of mothers and babies at risk, according to the Royal College of Midwives.

Baby dies after father found dead
A six-month-old boy dies in hospital after being found with the body of his taxi driver father at a house in the Ribbleton area of Preston.

Food sell-by dates to be scrapped
Ministers are to scrap sell-by dates on packaging, saying they are confusing and contribute to the £12bn-worth of food wasted each year.

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