Media Watch – April 12

By on 12/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Child abuse report wait is slammed (Birmingham Mail) A charity has accused child protection bosses in Birmingham of 'incompetence' after waiting two-and-a-half years for a report into rape and grooming at a nursery.

Birmingham has lower reoffending figures than national average (BBC WM) Cllr Waseem Zaffar interviewed on breakfast programme re scrutiny report on reducing and reoffending inquiry and the importance of jobs and housing. Also repeated in news bulletins.

NAFD and All-Party Group act to quash proposed mortuary charges (Funeral Director Monthly) The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) and the All-Party Parliamentary Funerals and Bereavement Group (APPG) in the UK Parliament have successfully halted an attempt by Birmingham City Council to introduce a charge for the release of bodies from Birmingham Central Mortuary.
 
'Taking away their license is a far greater penalty than a fine' (Asian Trader) An independent off-licence has become the first in Birmingham to lose the right to sell beer, wines and spirits after being caught making underage sales. Quotes Geary Warmington from the Trading Standards team.

Regional Headlines:

'Plebgate' inquiry costs £144,000
The police investigation in to the “Plebgate” row which led to Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell resigning as chief whip has cost an estimated £144,000 so far, police reveal.
Worker sentenced over site death
A digger driver is given a suspended seven-month jail term after a 22-year-old engineer from Solihull died on a Redditch building site.

New boss for slammed child services
A new councillor is appointed in charge of children’s services at Sandwell Council following a damning report from Ofsted.

National Headlines:

North Korea Crisis: Kerry in Seoul for talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea for talks on the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Cameron and Merkel set for EU talks
David Cameron is flying to Berlin later to press his demands for sweeping reform of the European Union.

Swansea measles epidemic expected to peak in four weeks
MMR drop-in clinics have been held but not enough older children have been vaccinated, say officials

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