Media Watch – April 4

By on 04/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fresh probe into council contracts with Capita – Scrutiny Panel say: 'We have little idea what we should be paying' (Birmingham Post) Councillors are to look into the accounts of Service Birmingham amid complaints that elected officials had 'little idea' of how much it was costing taxpayers.  A cross-party group will examine the issue.

Market museum bid (Birmingham Mail) A museum or heritage centre should be included in any redevelopment of the Wholesale Markets site in Digbeth says Conservative Group Deputy Leader, Cllr Robert Alden.

Crisis school fails in new Ofsted visit (Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post) A city primary school which was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted has failed a repeat inspection.  Woodhouse Primary School was put into special measures after a damning inspection report in June 2012.

Sold-out principles for the sake of a modern day food stamp (Birmingham Post) An article by the Post's Chris Game accuses the city council's prepaid cards scheme as humiliating, stigmatising and socially marginalising.

Inside the city meat lab keeping horses at bay (Birmingham Post) Article about the work of Birmingham City Council-run laboratory which is ensuring horse meat is kept of the shelves.

Growth funding work for world-leading firm(Birmingham Post) A Birmingham company which supplies paint for Nasa space shuttles has secured public funding to create new jobs with the help of the city council. Cllr Tahir Ali said: “This is a good example of what we need to do to get small businesses to grow and provide long-term sustainable jobs for local people.”

Stephen Hughes' letter entitled 'Why the council is making the most effective decisions in difficult times' is featured in the letters section of the paper.  Stephens' letter is in response to the David Bailey article in the Post on March 14.

Speed cameras switched off in cost cutting-bid (Birmingham Mail) Safety organisations have criticised councils and police in the West Midlands for switching off speed cameras to make money.

Forces 'close to heart' of veteran's champion (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's commemorations next year will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be organised by the city Deputy Lord Mayor.

Last chance to quiz council (Birmingham Mail) Residents who would like to quiz the council on their monthly meeting have until 12pm today to do so.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Spar store double-stabbing leaves man critical
Two men have been stabbed in a Birmingham convenience store, leaving one in a critical condition.

Meriden Gypsy protesters ‘not planning to leave camp’
Protesters against travellers living on land in the West Midlands have refused to leave their nearby camp, despite being given an eviction notice.

National Headlines

UK must keep Trident nuclear deterrent – David Cameron
The UK would be “foolish” to abandon Trident in the face of the potential threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran, David Cameron has said.

Hate crimes: Police records attacks on goths and emos
A police force has begun recording attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths and emos, as hate crimes.


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