Media Watch – May 15

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Service Birmingham faces value for money probe (Guardian) New Labour council to investigate whether joint venture between Birmingham city council and Capita is delivering service improvements.

Newcomers take position in cabinet (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Confirmation of the new Labour cabinet following the recent council elections.

Support over markets gives traders hope (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham wholesale market traders believe chances of staying at their current site have been boosted by a new Labour-run city council.

Recruitment drive for 300 extra foster carers in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Figures released by charity the Fostering Network reveal that a child is taken into care in the city every 12 hours.

Council seeks new depot site for HS2 (Local Transport Today) Birmingham City Council is to press the Government to find a new depot location for trains using the proposed London-West Midlands high-speed rail line.

Regional Headlines

TB victim ‘given bulimia warning’
A Birmingham teenager died of tuberculosis after being told she may have bulimia, an inquest hears.

McLeish sacked as Villa manager
Alex McLeish is fired as Aston Villa manager after 11 months in charge following the club’s 16th-place Premier League finish.

National Headlines

Special needs budgets for parents
Parents in England are to be given more financial control over support for their children with special educational needs.

Brooks charge decision expected
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband are to find out if they are to be charged with perverting the course of justice.

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