Media Watch – May 26

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£600k legal bill for care breach (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is facing a legal bill of at least £600,000 after its proposals to cut services for disabled adults were declared unlawful.

Councillor ‘lies awake’ over budget cuts (Birmingham Post) The politician responsible for Birmingham’s adult social services (Cllr Sue Anderson) says she often lies awake at night worrying about the implications of budget cuts.

Meteoric rise into the hot seat (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s new executive member for children’s social care (Cllr Matt Bennett) has pledged to ‘intervene’ early to stop serious problems arising.

City’s gorilla garden campaign bears fruit (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s wildlife-themed entry at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won a silver medal at the prestigious show.

Awards for public service (Birmingham Post) Nominations are open for members of staff at Birmingham City Council who have made a significant difference to members of the public.

Awards given for Selly Oak New Road project (Birmingham Post) Projects which have contributed to the delivery of the £16 million Selly Oak New Road dominated the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands awards.

Library shut after lights crash down (Birmingham Mail) A revamped Birmingham library (Perry Common) was shut down after a section of strip lighting fell from the ceiling.

Science club faces axe in cash crisis (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is helping the Ishango Science Club in Ladywood identify new funding after government cash dried up.

Hidden gem revealed (Birmingham Mail) A new visitor Jewellery Quarter visitor guide has been launched.

Crackdown tackles city grot-spots (Birmingham Mail) Six people were arrested in a crime and grime crackdown in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council improves recycling rates (Business Briefing) Birmingham City Council has installed two recycling centres as part of its plan to increase recycling rates in the residential area of Bournbrook.

Regional Headlines

City centre regeneration planned
Wolverhampton City Council agrees to invest £13m in a city centre shopping area after turning down a £300m Summer Row regeneration scheme.

Man, 18, charged after stabbing
An 18-year-old man is the second person to be charged with attempted murder after the stabbing of a father and son in Birmingham.

London Midland staff could strike
London Midland workers could strike over proposed job losses in ticket offices, the RMT union says.

National Headlines

Alarm over elderly patient care
Serious concerns are raised by the NHS care regulator after some hospitals failed to meet legal standards for looking after elderly patients.

Obamas host star-studded dinner
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle mark the end of his state visit to Britain by hosting a dinner in honour of the Queen.

Paras face ‘special payment’ cut
Thousands of Parachute Regiment personnel could lose the right to bonus pay for their parachuting skills, under MoD cost-cutting plans.

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