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Media Watch – Jan 10

Media Watch – Jan 10

🕔11.Jan 2013

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Calls for Pickles to stop council taxing city’s poor (B’ham Post). Eric Pickles has been urged to stop Birmingham City Council sending tax demands to some of the city’s poorest families by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming.  The City Council insists it has been forced to take drastic action after the Government cut funding for council tax benefit by ten per cent.

Jailed rogue Clamper told: pay back £3m or face ten more years (B’ham Mail, Daily Mail. Daily express, The Sun Daily Star). Clamper, Steve Ryan, was jailed for two-and-a-half-years for fitting a computer chip to make the machine accept £2 coins, but not to register the payment. Birmingham Trading Standards began a joint investigation with the police. Birmingham Crown Court ordered Mr Ryan to pay back almost £3m or face an extra 10 years in jail.

City ‘jaws of doom’ budget gap up to £625m (B’ham Post). The ‘jaws of doom’ budget surrounding Birmingham City Council’s finances have widened to £625 million the Leader Sir Albert Bore has revealed.  The sum was revealed at a scrutiny committee investigation into the council’s budget.

Tories ‘want to return to city’ for party conference (B’ham Post). Conservative party members would like to see their conference return to Birmingham says former national Conservative Convention president Charles Barwell.

Charges for car parking rake in £20m for the region (B’ham Post). A piece about the amount of money West Midlands councils made through parking charges.  A spokesman for the city council said: “Birmingham’s parking revenue is an important source of income generated for the council in difficult economic times, helping to protect vital frontline services. The 9.78% increase in income reflects the introduction of extended evening and Sunday charges in October 2011 and also indicates that there is actually a continued demand to access the city from motorists.”

City’s chance to embrace a ‘new age of buccaneering’ (B’ham Post). A piece about the Greater Birmingham Project pilot.  The proposals drawn up by Lord Heseltine which could revolutionise local funding through the country

Regional Headlines

M6 motorway in West Midlands reopens after lorry fire

The M6 motorway in the West Midlands has reopened after being partly closed following a lorry fire.

Solihull Hospital’s breast care services to be reviewed.

The way concerns over a hospital’s breast care services were managed are to be independently reviewed.

National Headlines

Six prison closures in England announced

Six prisons in England are to be closed and three more will be partially shut, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

Watchdog warns of defence project delays and overspending

Major defence projects are being hit by delays and overspend despite government promises to control costs, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.



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