Media Watch – April 5

By on 05/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham homelessness and childhood obesity priorities (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online) Tackling homelessness and childhood obesity are priorities for Birmingham, according to the new director of public health for the city.

Jaguar factory development (Birmingham Mail) City planners have given the green light to a new development at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.

Grave concerns over VC heroes’ burial sites (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners have demanded action to improve the last resting places of three Victoria Cross heroes buried in Birmingham.

Axe for home waiting list rewards plan (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has rejected plans to reward workers and volunteers by letting them jump its housing waiting list.

Council admin contract faces a fresh review (Birmingham Mail) New checks will be carried out on Service Birmingham’s accounts amid complaints that councillors had ‘little idea’ of how much the arrangement was costing.

Funding crisis for charities (BBC WM) Birmingham charities are struggling financially after cuts in funding from the Government, council and reduced public donations. The health of the city’s third sector will be discussed at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday. We’re streaming the meeting live here:

A place to feel secure (Nursing Standard) Birmingham has become the first city in England and Wales to open a health and wellbeing centre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. The centre was funded by Birmingham City Council and the Big Lottery.

Academies cost councils ‘at least £30m’ (Children and young People Now) Birmingham City Council has warned that if more schools become academies, it could be forced to cut other children’s services to foot the bill. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted.

Regional Headlines

Teen held over Spar store stabbings
A teenager is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two men were stabbed at a Birmingham convenience store.

Jolie lauds Malala Yousafzai charity
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie honours Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, who has launched a charity to fund girls’ education and is now at school in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Children’s heart surgery to resume
Children’s heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary a week after operations were suspended amid concerns over death rates.

City ban urged for ex-HBOS bosses
The Banking Standards Commission calls for three former HBOS bosses to be barred from City jobs after a “colossal failure” of management.

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