Media Watch – Oct 7 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Too many children going into care, says city chief (Birmingham Post) Too many children are being taken into care in BIrmingham because social workers lack basic information or the skills to judge whether youngsters are really at risk of abuse or neglect, the man appointed to shake up the city’s social services has claimed.

Councillors ‘must take responsibility’ for child care (Birmingham Post) Elected councillors must take responsibility for turning around Birmingham’s failing children’s social services by accepting that poor managers cannot be tolerated, the politician responsible for overseeing the department declared last night.

Investbx controls £11m council support fund (Birmingham Post) Regional stock exchange Investbx is making a serious move into the world of venture capital after Birmingham City Council announced it as the trustees of a new £11m business support fund.

City chiefs aim to ban postal voting (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Councillors are expected to call for a ban on postal voting on demand following the latest allegations of postal vote fraud.

Route finders (Guardian) Growing needs within the social care sector make it crucial to develop a highly skilled, motivated and more innovative workforce. Peter Hay, strategic director for adults and communities, quoted.

Regional Headlines

Theft gang CCTV images released 
CCTV images have been released showing what police describe as a gang that carried out a series of burglaries and thefts across the West Midlands.

Villa player arrested in training 
A midfielder at Aston Villa Football Club has been arrested during training on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

Lecturers get ‘scruffy’ jeans ban 
Lecturers have been told they will be sent home to change if they come to work in jeans or scruffy trousers.

Cars damaged in fire at tyre firm 
Eighteen cars and four trailers have been damaged by a fire at a West Midlands tyre company.

National Headlines

Most ‘remain against Afghan war’ 
Most people in the UK continue to oppose Britain’s military operations in Afghanistan, a BBC survey suggests.

Sainsbury’s warns growth to slow 
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has warned sales growth across the market is set to slow in the coming months as it released its latest trading figures.

Tories defend debt-cutting plans 
The Conservatives have been defending their plans to reduce the UK’s national debt, set out at the party conference.

Emergency meeting for BA unions 
Unions representing British Airways cabin crew are planning an emergency meeting after the airline said it would cut 1,700 jobs and freeze pay.

Sacked Baby P boss seeks review 
The former director of children’s services in Haringey Council is seeking a judicial review of her dismissal in the wake of the Baby P case.

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