Media Watch – Dec 12

By on 12/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Children's services 'can still improve' (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's beleaguered children's services CAN show signs of improvement when government inspectors visit next month, a meeting has heard. Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

Construction firm invest in the city (Birmingham Mail) A construction company is investing in Birmingham by sponsoring the city's annual Frankfurt Christmas Market for the next three years.  (Details of sponsorship agreement with Willmott Dixon.)

Cars targeted in road parking row (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Fed-up residents are kicking-up a real 'ink' as the parking feud that has gripped one leafy corner of Birmingham becomes more heated with each day.  Quotes Cllr Deidre Alden and council spokesperson.

Just one way to enjoy the city's festive market stalls (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's German Market has become so packed security staff are now patrolling the area with hand-held 'no entry' signs.

Schools record academic drop in SATS results (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Primary schools in Birmingham have seen a slight drop in their annual SATs results - but numbers getting the top grades remain the same. 

Challenger takes bus lane battle to cabinet minister (Birmingham Mail) Local government secretary Eric Pickles is being urged to force Birmingham City council to refund 19,000 fines issued to motorists during the bus lanes controversy.

Councillor in plea to take mess home (Birmingham Mail) A Sheldon councillor has slated dog owners who do the right thing by bagging their pets' mess - then fling the parcels on streets.  Quotes Cllr Mike Ward and council spokesperson.

City joins war on smoking (Birmingham Mail) City public health chiefs will today back a national campaign to step up the fight against smoking.  Birmingham City Council will become the largest local authority to the sign the Local Government Declaration On Tobacco Control at Westminster today.  Quotes Dr Adrian Phillips.

Plan to use towpaths for bikes (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's cycle revolution may soon hit top-gear.  After scooping £17 million this summer to promote cycling, the city council is now planning to turn canal towpaths into bike networks.

Takeaway boss jailed over mice (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a mice-infested Birmingham takeaway who ignored an order to close it down has been jailed for 12 months. Environmental health officers found King Chicken Grill to be in an unhygienic state during repeated visits to the premises.

Council urged to come clean on cost of Capita services deal (Birmingham Post)  Birmingham City Council's IT services company is set to take the single biggest hit in the £87 million package of cuts announced this week. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

City Conservatoire deal paves way for Paradise (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Conservatoire is set to be knocked down as part of the Paradise Circus development after a reported £29 million deal was agreed. 

Breakaway campaign on the road (Birmingham Post) The campaign for a new Sutton Coldfield Town Council is taking to the road as the Royal Town gears up for a referendum on devolution.  Quotes Cllr Rob Pocock.

Good sing-song just what doctor ordered (Birmingham Post) Mentions The Choir and children's social worker Siobhan Patton.

Council tax rise planned to boost 'bargain' police (Birmingham Post) The region's deputy police and crime commissioner has told councillors that Birmingham taxpayers already have a 'bargain police force' as she outlined plans to increase council tax to help pay for new officers. Quotes Cllrs Gareth Moore, Penny Holbrook and Waseem Zaffar.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/11/30/birmingham-schools-perform-at-launch-of-lgbt-history-month-2014/ coverage of recent Say It Loud concert and launch

Regional Headlines:

Wolverhampton primary schools rated ‘worst in country’ by Ofsted – Primary schools in Wolverhampton have been rated as the worst in the country in a report by from the watchdog Ofsted.

Mother and baby murderer jailed – A man who murdered his former partner and her baby son in a “shocking and senseless” attack is jailed for life.

Birmingham stabbing accused appears in court – A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in Birmingham at the weekend.

National Headlines:

GP failings exposed by inspectors  – The first national inspection of more than 900 GP surgeries in England finds one in three is failing to meet basic standards, with two so dirty they had maggots

New sex offences guidance published  – Sex offenders found to have abused their position of power could face longer jail terms under new guidelines in England and Wales.

Review of ‘legal highs’ launched - A new review of “legal highs” could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.

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