Media Watch – Aug 2

By on 02/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£1 million (Birmingham Mail) A staggering £1 million was spent policing the English Defence League’s protest in Birmingham last month.

City centre investment (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham city centre business group (Colmore BID), which has invested more than £3.5 million in its area has been given the go-ahead for a second five-year term.

Birmingham leaves government public health responsibility deal (localgov.co.uk, Off Licence News) Birmingham City Council's public health chiefs have taken away their support for the Government's responsibility deal on public health in protest at recent Whitehall decisions to backtrack on plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing and plain packaging for cigarettes.

Peerage for former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby (Birmingham Mail) Mike Whitby to become Lord Whitby after David Cameron picks him to become a Tory peer

Bedroom tax fears growing for councils as legal challenge fails (Municipal Journal) Councils concerned about the impact of the Government’s controversial Bedroom Tax have been dealt a blow after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge.

Give views on special needs (Birmingham Mail) People can give their views on the future of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Birmingham in an online poll.

Employee engagement… the only people management imperative for the public sector (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s Rafaela Goodby asks: Why are so many public and private sector organisations not taking employees seriously.

Pilgrims warned over Hajj bookings (Asian Image) Residents are being urged by Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council to book their Hajj pilgrimages with a reputable travel agent.

Regional Headlines

Children’s services rated inadequate
Inspectors say children’s services at Sandwell Council remain inadequate, four months after two officials resigned.

Armed police fire shots to stop car
Armed officers have fired “specialist low impact rounds” to stop a car in Birmingham, police say.

National Headlines

Ten men charged in teen sex inquiry
Ten men accused of sexually exploiting at least five teenage girls in Coventry are charged with offences including rape and trafficking and sexual assault.

Financial struggles ‘have worsened’
More than half of UK adults are struggling to keep up with bills and debt repayments, a major survey of people’s finances suggests.

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