Media Watch – August 6 (am)

By on 06/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City social services ‘making progress’  (Bham Post, BBC Radio WM)   BCC’s failing children’s social services has turned the corner and is on the road to improving; quotes from the Leader, Cllr Whitby and also Cllr Les Lawrence.  Similiar item on BBC Radio WM with interviews from children’s services chief, Tony Howell and Khalid Mahmood MP.   More critical piece reported in the Daily Mail, ‘Council’s shame over child deaths’, referring to the newly published serious case reviews and quoting Khalid Mahmood MP and also BCC’s Leader Cllr Whitby.

‘106’ deferments could restart stalled schemes (Bham Post) A director of Turley Associates welcomes BCC’s attempts to reach out and help property development industry after private BCC planning report.

Revamp for local offices (Bham Mail 5 Aug)  Nine Bham neighbourhood offices are to get a fresh lick of paint and self-service kiosks as part of the council’s massive Customer First revamp.  Dep Leader, Cllr Tilsley quoted.

Complaints cost city over £100k in payouts (Bham Post) BCC paid out  £105,275 in compensation during the past year after the ombudsman was forced to step in to deal with complaints, quoted included from BCC.

Regional Headlines:

Ashes stars help kids to hone their cricket skills (Bham Post 6 Aug) England cricketers joined 40 youngsters in Highgate Park for a game in the npower Urban Cricket a project to encourage more young people to play cricket.

Muslims’ university mass camp (Bham Post)  1200 Muslims are to attend a mass camp at the Uni of Warwick in a bid to tackle claims of radicalisation among British Muslim youth.

Night fears for taxi drivers (Bham Mail 5 Aug)  Many taxi drivers are refusing to work nights due to safety fears after the murder of one of their colleagues.  WM Police are appealing to anyone with info to report it on tel: 0300 333 3000.

National Headlines:

Members of the RAF Regiment’s 63 Squadron marched through the streets of Uxbridge yesterday

Family’s private farewell to Sir Bobby Robson

Clinton thanked for his role in journalists’ release from Korea

Celebratory events about Jamaica’s 47th Anniversary of Independence

Press Releases Issued

Campaign launched to tackle rogue builders
BCC Building and Consultancy Services are tackling the issue head on with a campaign called ‘Nail the Rogues’.

Wheels menu reflects changing Brum
As part of the council’s on-going consultation on the ‘meals on wheels’ service, both residents and suppliers are being asked to submit their dream dish.

Thumbs up for new logo
‘Thumbs’ up at theunveiling of the Bham Municipal Housing Trust logo.

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