Media Watch – September 27

By on 27/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sweeping truants off the streets (Birmingham Mail) Double-page spread looking at the work of Birmingham City Council’s Attendance Support Workers (truancy team).

Crackdown on illegal ciggies (Birmingham Mail) Six out of 29 petrol stations and convenience stores visited by Birmingham Trading Standards investigators were found to be selling illegally imported cigarettes and tobacco.

‘Obsolete’ flats set to be razed (Birmingham Mail) Another eight Birmingham tower blocks will be razed to the ground in a £26 million housing demolition programme.

Smurfit Kappa Recycling and Birmingham City Council win prestigious Euro-recycling award (, Packaging Europe) Birmingham City Council and paper recycler Smurfit Kappa Recycling have scooped a prestigious European award in recognition of the impact of a recent campaign to encourage more of the public and businesses to take part in paper and cardboard recycling.

Facade reflects proud heritage (Architect, Builder, Contractor and Developer) An in-depth look at the stunning exterior facade of the Library of Birmingham.

Major flagship regeneration project reaches key milestone (Qube) The construction of the striking Library of Birmingham has recently moved a step closer toward completion.

42% of reviews overturned (Inside Housing) Councils across England are overturning significant proportions of their homelessness decisions if they are challenged by unhappy applicants.

Local economies can thrive if everyone plays their part (Local Government Chronicle) Feature looking at Amey uses the Birmingham Highways PFI as a case study.

Private sector asked to invest in help for disadvantaged (Public Servant) The UK’s largest council has unveiled plans to use private finance to help improve opportunities for disadvantaged children and support vulnerable families.

Support measures announced for riot hit Birmingham businesses (The Fed) Birmingham City Council has unveiled a package of support measures for local riot torn businesses.

Emergency messaging in Midlands (The Fed) Members in Birmingham can receive free alerts to emergency situations such as riots, marches, fires and floods happening within their postcode areas thanks to a new emergency messaging service launched by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Building blaze tackled by crews
About 100 firefighters tackle a blaze at a building in the West Midlands.

Woman gets ban after dogs removed
A woman is banned from keeping dogs after 37 were removed from her Birmingham farm because of the condition they were being kept in.

National Headlines

Miliband offers UK ‘new bargain’
Labour leader Ed Miliband will vow to end Britain’s “fast buck” culture in his big speech to his party’s annual conference in Liverpool.

BAE to shed close to 3,000 posts
Three factories in Yorkshire and Lancashire are expected to bear the brunt of nearly 3,000 job losses due to be announced by BAE Systems.

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