Media Watch – August 7 (am)

By on 07/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Meals-on-wheels set for revamp as city answers call for exotic meals (Bham Post, 7 August, page 11) Cllr Sue Anderson quoted on the changes planned for the meals-on-wheels service which she hoped will see an extra 600,000 extra people accessing the service.  People are being asked to name their 'dream dish' which could feature in new-look menus when the in-service is handed over to private sector operators.

Planners refuse paralysed dad permission to build extension (Bham Post, 7 August, page 14) A father from Small Heath claims he is confined to his hospital bed 100 miles away from his home, because he has been refused permission to extend his home to accommodate his disability. City planning chiefs, expressed sympathy, but said they could not approve the large extension proposed as it could set a precedent for more homes to be over-extended.

An expert joins the board (Bham Post, Iron Angle column, 7 August, page 19) Questions why the Council has appointed a former journalist to handle publicity around the Khyra Ishaq trial and other Safeguarding Children Board issues.  Also refers to Tony Howell as having overall responsibility for children's social services , but also being the person that chairs the body that investigates social services handling of cases - 'So the man running the system also polices the system'.

Highways PFI - further coverage in regional and trade press of the announcement that AMEY have been awarded the Highways PFI Conference.

Regional Headlines:

Father of 9 month old girl arrested on suspicion of abducting his daughter in Gloucestershire

Postal workers in Birmingham join the national strike

National Headlines:

Train robber Ronald Biggs to be released on compassionate grounds

Postal workers go on strike over pay and conditions

Royal Bank of Scotland which is 70% taxpayer owned reports a £15m half-year profit

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