Media Watch – April 14

By on 14/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City children’s services still a ‘significant concern’ (Birmingham Post) Significant concerns have been raised over the protection of children from physical and sexual abuse in Birmingham, it can be revealed.

Severance agreement for ex-children’s service boss (Birmingham Post) City council bosses have reached a severance agreement with Colin Tucker, Birmingham’s director of children’s social services, who was suspended from his £104,000-a-year job three months ago.

Red faces as council can’t measure green agenda ‘successes’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s claim to be leading the way on delivering the green agenda has been questioned after the city council’s head of climate change and sustainability was unable to prove that a pledge to slash carbon emissions was on course.

Prince may be ‘ideal’ choice to open replacement for library he hated (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Prince Charles has been suggested as a suitable VIP to cut the ribbon on the new Library of Birmingham in two years time.

Region wins half a billion in 2012 Games contracts (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
More than £500 million of Olympic Games contracts have been won by firms in the West Midlands, Birmingham City Council’s Leisure, Sport and Culture scrutiny committee has heard.

New measures set to take on the take-away (Birmingham Post) Could new planning policy stop takeaways from taking over Birmingham’s high streets?

Report lists many call centre faults (Birmingham Post)
An investigation into Birmingham City Council’s £11 million call centre found ‘numerous instances’ when frustrated customers had to phone back several times because their requests were not being dealt with.

Streets ready to celebrate (Birmingham Mail) Bunting and union flags will be flying for the royal wedding as people enjoy the event in true community style in 16 Birmingham roads.

Cameron rapped over ignoring council rules (Birmingham Mail) David Cameron has been branded ‘thoughtless and irresponsible’ for urging royal wedding revellers to go ahead with street parties and ignore council red tape.

DoH trials devolved care services commissioning (ifaonline) Government plans to give care workers and patients more control over their care will be tested with the announcement of six trial areas, including Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Man gets life for doorstep murder in Oldbury
A man who stabbed a father-of-six outside his West Midlands home after harbouring a 16-year grudge against him has been jailed for life.

Manchester United football fan banned for 10 years

A Manchester United fan from Rowley Regis has been given one of the longest football banning orders issued by a Scottish court.

National Headlines

Cameron promises to cut immigration to ‘1980s’ levels’
David Cameron is to promise the UK will reduce the level of immigration to “1980s’ levels” as a result of government measures.

UK stillbirth rates among highest of rich nations

Stillbirth rates in the UK are higher than in almost every other high-income country, a series of reports suggest.

BP: Angry protests expected at annual meeting

BP could face a wave of protesters and angry shareholders at its first annual general meeting since a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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