Media Watch – Dec 12

By on 12/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

St Patrick’s Day parade fears for future after funding cut (Birmingham Mail) St Patrick’s Day Parade supporters have told of their shock that Birmingham City Council has axed its £20,000 grant to support the event – the second biggest of its kind in the world (In fact this is out to consultation and council not approached for a comment)

Library boss retires as 100 jobs are axed (Birmingham Mail) The man in charge of the Library of Birmingham has announced his retirement – in the same week swingeing cuts to the iconic building’s staff and opening hours were made.

Schools ‘below target for 3 Rs’ (Birmingham Mail) Piece on results of key stage 2 tests across the region.

Cleaning firm told to dump council’s logo (Birmingham Mail) A wheelie bin cleaning company has been ordered to stop using the Birmingham City Council logo on its promotional leaflets following complaints.  Quotes Cllr Fiona Williams and council spokesperson.

Birmingham axes 1,000 jobs and cuts back library hours (Morning Star) One of Britain’s biggest local authorities announced it is to slash yet more jobs and services yesterday s Westminster cuts bite even deeper.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Couple overjoyed at marriage milestone after change to law (Solihull News) A Marston Green couple who have been actively involved in campaigning for the law to be changed for same sex couples are to become one of the first in the borough (Birmingham Register Office) to alter their civil partnership to a formal marriage.

Social impact bond funds Birmingham foster plan (Children & Young People Now) Children in residential care in Birmingham are to be found foster homes under a scheme funded through a social impact bond.

Birmingham has ‘serious CSE problem’ (Children & Young People Now) An investigation by Birmingham City Council has found that 132 children living in the area are experiencing or are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Sudden canteen closure leaves a bitter taste (The Voice) A man who runs a popular canteen at a Birmingham community centre is facing a bleak Christmas and New Year after the city council, without explanation told him to vacate the location by December 19. Quotes council spokesperson explaining we are dealing with a commercial issue.

Moseley restaurant fined £12,000 for dirty conditions (The Phoenix Newspaper) A popular restaurant pleaded guilty to 12 offences under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at Birmingham Magistrates Court.  Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring.

Law-breaking owner and agent fined for breaching regulations (The Phoenix Newspaper) An owner and an agent who failed to ensure that property rented to vulnerable people had adequate fire precautions and who failed to keep the property in food repair were each fined and have to pay £16,508 between them for failing to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and breaching HMO management regulations. Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

Regional Headlines:

EDL ‘anti-Muslim’ rioters jailed – Four EDL supporters, including a disabled man, are jailed over an ‘anti-Muslim’ riot.

Wolverhampton man who stabbed pub bouncer jailed for 14 years – A pubgoer who stabbed a doorman who refused to let him in while carrying a drink has been jailed for 14 years.

National Headlines:

Water bills to fall ‘by 5%’ by 2020 – Water bills for England and Wales will fall by an average of 5% – not including inflation – by 2020, the regulator Ofwat rules

Boys’ self-harm hospital visits ‘rise’ - The number of young boys admitted to hospitals in England for self-harm is at a five-year high, new figures show.

Hospitals ‘face mounting pressures’ – Hospitals across the UK are facing mounting pressures as winter hits, health leaders are warning, as demand rises due to seasonal illnesses.

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