Media Watch – April 14

By on 14/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council probe on Khyra staff (Birmingham Mail) Social workers and education officers who failed to save tragic Khyra Ishaq have been ordered to attend disciplinary hearings by Birmingham City Council.

Council chiefs end £15,000 NEC cash (Birmingham Mail) Political leaders on Birmingham City Council have confirmed that they will sacrifice £15,000 payments for sitting on the NEC board.

Council tenant rent arrears slashed (Birmingham Mail) The total rent arrears owed by Birmingham council house tenants has been slashed by almost 40 per cent in the last five years, new figures have revealed.

Parents’ anger at kids’ library axe (Birmingham Mail) Parents in Acocks Green have set up a Facebook group to vent their anger at council plans to situate a new neighbourhood office on the site of their local library’s children’s section.

Birmingham car clamping company boss admits defrauding motorists (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s most despised car clampers could be jailed after admitting fraud offences against law-abiding motorists.

Birmingham Airport expansion ‘could see A45 re-routed'(Coventry Telegraph) Green campaigners claim Birmingham Airport’s expansion plans could damage green belt land.

Trading Standards eyes Birmingham Asian jewellers (Professional Jeweller) Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council have been making spot checks at Asian jewellers in the city to ensure hallmarking laws are being respected.

Brum plans a sixty per cent carbon cut (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is set to become a leading sustainable city.

Book event is a page turner (Birmingham Mail) Budding bookworms are invited to a free two-day event in Birmingham next month – the Book Bash.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham health worker straddled unconscious patient (BBC)
A Birmingham health worker has been struck off after he was found guilty of having “straddled” an unconscious woman patient for sexual gratification.

Passengers in Birmingham delayed by train fault  (BBC)
Passengers were delayed in the morning rush hour in Birmingham after a train broke down.

Pedestrian knocked down by car in Birmingham dies  (BBC)
A pedestrian has died after he was knocked down while crossing a road in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Lib Dems to unveil ‘serious’ 2010 election manifesto 
The Liberal Democrats will present their election manifesto later, saying it is a “serious” plan for government that the voters can “trust”.

Boy ‘suffered’ after Pembrokeshire council ‘delay’ 
A council has been criticised for the way it investigated complaints that a young boy was left alone with a convicted child abuser.

Manchester City Council leader held over assault claim 
The leader of Manchester City Council has been cautioned by police after an allegation of assault against his 16-year-old step-daughter.

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