Media Watch – March 8

By on 08/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Abuse claim after mother told girl about caesarean (Sunday Times, Daily Telegragh): Story claims BCC social workers accused a mother of emotional abuse because she told her daughter she was born by caesarean section. John Hemming quoted.

Battle of the books (The Guardian): In depth analysis of the future of libraries with extensive reference to plans for Birmingham Central Library. Cllr Mike Whitby and Brian Gambles quoted extensively.

New bid to save abuse children (Sunday Mirror, Independent, Birmingham Mail): NSPCC calls for new laws to allow social workers to see children without their parents present. Refers to Khyra Ishaq case.

The hurricane survival kit… for Birmingham (Daily Telegraph): Story claims families are being encouraged to buy £100 hurricane survival kits by BCC. Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Allotment holders in council budget row (Birmingham Mail): BCC criticised by the Birmingham and District Allotments Council for reducing allotments maintenance budget by almost £30,000. Council spokesman quoted.

City ready for jobs bonanza (Birmingham Mail): Revamp of New Street set to create about 1,000 jobs following signing of Jobs and Skills Charter. Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted.

Whitby in defence of Khyra officials (Birmingham Mail): The Leader underlines confidence in Cllr Les Lawrence and Tony Howell in wake of media focus over Khyra Ishaq trial following question from Paul Dale.

No result in Khyra probe for 4 months (Birmingham Mail): Story claims Serious Case Review may take four months before being published after being sent to Ofsted for approval.

Chief's fury at councillor comments (Birmingham Mail): Cllr Les Lawrence demands apology from Cllr Shafique Shah over comments which he claims implies the City Council is killing children. Cllr Lawrence threatens to report Cllr Shah to Standards Board, but Cllr Shah stands by his comments.

£100m to spruce up council houses (Birmingham Mail): BCC to invest extra £102 million on doors, central heating and insulation for council houses bringing total to £673 million over the last six years. Cllr John Lines quoted.

I might go to court to get justice for Khyra (Sunday Mercury): Interview with Khyra Ishaq's father who says he is considering corporate manslaughter legal case against BCC over her death. CPS quoted saying for this to happen it would need approval from Director of Public Prosecutions.
Regional headlines

Residents fight to keep Cross Guns pub in Harborne open  (Radio WM Phil Upton): Item claims this is a test case of a big brewer misleading planners to close down pubs against regulations by claiming they are not popular. In this case brewer want to sell off and turn into housing. Issue is to be explored in greater detail on Inside Out tonight.

National Headlines

Straw hints at Venables decision
Soldier dies in Afghanistan blast
Civil servants on strike over pay

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