Media Watch – June 24

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillors dine on the taxpayer (Daily Telegraph) Councillors in Birmingham have insisted on being served a meal at a meeting expected to last three hours.

Gardeners’ Weekend show to be held in former Birmingham city centre bank (Birmingham Mail) The flower show for this year’s Gardeners’ Weekend Show will be held inside the main hall of the historic 1930s Municipal Bank building on Broad Street.

McCabe hits out at poll charge plan (Birmingham Mail) Plans to make Birmingham pay for a referendum on creating an elected mayor were slammed as ‘an absolute scandal’ by a city MP.

Clampers set to ticket motorists (Birmingham Mail) Rogue car clampers will move on to ticketing parked cars once new laws to ban the private immobilising or towing of vehicles are passed later this year, according to Birmingham trading standards officials.

Go ahead for Rover site plan (Birmingham Mail, Insider Media) Plans for a Sainsbury supermarket, public park, hotel, shops and offices on a former MG Rover site at Longbridge have been given enthusiastic backing by city planners.

Birmingham to consult on adult social services (Local Government Chronicle, Community Care) Birmingham City Council is to launch a consultation on reshaping its adult social services.

Track and cut undercut (Ground Engineering) Work is almost complete on road improvements in Selly Oak. The complex project involved passing beneath a railway line and adjacent canal and brought many challenges.

Regional Headlines

Murdered boy ‘was not protected’
Fourteen agencies missed opportunities to save a three-year-old boy who was killed by a couple who were meant to be caring for him, a report finds.

DJ’s killer absconds from prison
A man who killed an award-winning radio presenter during a burglary at his Birmingham home absconds from an open prison in Derbyshire.

Baby death ‘followed birth delay’
A couple’s baby boy was stillborn after delays in inducing the birth and while there was a shortage of midwives, lawyers allege.

National Headlines

Common drugs warning for elderly
Drugs used by half of elderly people have been linked to a greater risk of death and declining brain function.

Cameron wins over Greek bail-out
David Cameron wins his battle to limit the amount of money the UK will have to contribute towards a second financial bail-out for Greece.

Miliband seeks Labour rule change
Ed Miliband is seeking to change his party’s rules so that he can choose who he wants to sit in the shadow cabinet.

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