Media Watch – September 21

By on 21/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Call for social investment (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is pioneering new social investment initiatives which could save the taxpayer millions of pounds.

Council strike pledge (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) Council bosses claimed the majority of services would be operating today despite a walkout by the city’s largest trades unions.

‘No chaos at half marathon’ pledge (Birmingham Mail) The new boss of Birmingham’s half marathon has promised there will be no repeat of the bottlenecks at the start and finish of last year’s race.

Metal mania show draws to a close (Birmingham Mail) Heavy metal fans have just a few days left to view some of music’s most iconic memorabilia before a critically acclaimed exhibition closes for the final time.

Market deadline ‘a technicality’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive has stressed Birmingham Wholesale Markets will not close until an alternative site is found.

Woman jailed in £25k fraud (Birmingham Mail) A 31-year-old Great Barr woman was sent to prison for six months for making a series of fraudulent housing benefit claims totalling more than £25,000.

Residents say no to drugs clinic (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Birmingham are fighting plans to put a drug addiction clinic next to two schools and a nursery in their street.

Strip club ‘is no threat to dance group’ (Birmingham Mail) The woman bidding to open a city centre lap-dancing club has hit back at claims it could harm children and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet opposite. Scarlets is among eight applicants hoping to secure licenses today after Birmingham City Council adopted new powers to control them.

Mitie wins £350 million West Midlands construction framework (West Midlands Housing News) Mitie has secured a four-year minor works and maintenance contract with the West Midlands construction Framework.

Regional Headlines

Terror suspects held for longer
Police are granted more time to question six men held in Birmingham as part of a major anti-terrorism operation that has involved MI5.

National Headlines

Clegg to defend economic strategy
Nick Clegg will defend his party’s role in the coalition and its economic strategy, in his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference.

SNP ‘must drop council tax freeze’
The Scottish government is urged to drop its plan to freeze council tax for five years, amid claims the policy is unaffordable.

‘Miracle baby’ man to be extradited
A preacher who claimed he could make infertile women pregnant is to be sent to his homeland of Kenya from the UK to face child abduction charges.

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