Media Watch – April 10

By on 10/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Steering the way on public health (Guardian) Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser is taking the local authority’s new responsibilities personally.

Fury as council refuses to lower flags for Maggie (Birmingham Mail) Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council has been accused of snubbing Margaret Thatcher – by refusing to lower the Council House flag to half-mast.

The little chefs beating obesity (Birmingham Mail) Cookery classes for parents and their children are being held in Birmingham primary schools to tackle the obesity epidemic. Cllr Steve Bedser and Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

Road name honour for Crimean war hero John (Birmingham Mail) A forgotten Crimean War hero is to be honoured by having a new road named after him

As cuts deepen council head says more not fewer social workers could be the key to savings (Professional Social Work) The head of adult social care at England’s biggest local authority (Peter Hay) claimed appointing more social workers could be the key to saving public money in a time of austerity.

Funds for Birmingham’s £450m city revamp (Leisure Opportunities) Birmingham’s £450 million regeneration programme for its city centre has taken a step forward with a funding allocation of £63.1 million approved for the first phase of the project.

Staffordshire Hoard lands funding for new gallery (Leisure opportunities) The Heritage Lottery Fund has this week awarded £704,500 for the permanent display of the largest and most valuable Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Regional Headlines

Child services manager resigns
A senior manager resigns after a West Midlands council is found to be failing vulnerable children.

4G mobile broadband speeds to double
Faster speeds for the latest version of mobile technology are being made available in several UK cities, including Birmingham.

National Headlines

Parliament to hear Thatcher tributes
David Cameron will lead tributes to the former Conservative prime minister Baroness Thatcher later on Wednesday in a specially convened session of Parliament.

Quake risk from fracking ‘minimal’
Researchers believe that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is not a major cause of earthquakes that can be felt.

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