Media Watch – Aug 14

By on 14/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

1,500 training places up for grabs in Brum (Birmingham Mail) A campaign to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 100 days in Birmingham has proved a major success – with nearly 1,500 training places up for grabs across the city.

Birmingham admits children’s services ‘unsafe’ (Local Government Chronicle) England's largest local authority has admitted that its children's services are “unsafe”, LGC has learned. Peter Hay, the new director of children's services at Birmingham City Council, made the admission in a presentation to councillors late last month.

Tesco renews plans for Birmingham megastore (Insider Daily) Tesco has submitted proposals for a megastaore in Birmingham which is expected to bring 400 jobs to the city centre.

Severn Trent partners council on FOG (Water and Wastewater Treatment) Seven Trent Water is joining forces with Birmingham City Council to tackle sewer blockages caused by fats, oils and grease.

Regional Headlines

Council needs to cut ‘extra £20m’
Council leaders in Walsall warn extra services could be cut and more jobs lost as they have to cut another £20m over the next five years.

Homeless given end of Ramadan dinner
A Muslim charity is giving 300 homeless people from Birmingham a gala dinner to mark the end of Ramadan.

National Headlines

Do not jail thieves, says law expert
Thieves and fraudsters should not be jailed, a legal expert says in a pamphlet released by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Women ‘forced into Peru trafficking’
Two women held in Peru over suspected drug trafficking have said they were forced at gunpoint to do it, a senior churchman who has visited them says.

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