Media Watch – Dec 13

By on 13/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham reforms children’s services after damning reports (Guardian) The largest local authority in the UK has announced “radical” reforms to the way it keeps children safe following severe criticism in a string of reviews into tragedies involving vulnerable youngsters. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted.

Birmingham Children’s Services in £10m improvement plan (BBC Online, Birmingham Mail, ITV Central, BBC WM, BBC R5Live, BBC R4,Free Radio) Birmingham City Council says nearly £10m will be pumped into children’s services after a councillor admitted the authority had been “failing children for five years”.

Clampdown on 'rogue' cabbies partygoers urged to stay safe (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Free Radio, Heart FM) West Midlands Police and Birmingham Council are keeping Christmas revellers safe during the festive party season by clamping down on rogue and illegal taxi drivers.

Parking blight is halting plans (Birmingham Mail) A major expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital can go ahead but only if a full transport plan is put in place to end the parking chaos which has blighted surrounding roads.

Schools accused of failing in core subjects (Birmingham Mail) Nine Birmingham primary schools are being accused of failing to give a decent education in reading, writing and arithmetic. Seven city primary schools are in the top 200 across the country.

Bore in call for airport’s fair hearing (Birmingham Mail) Council leader Sir Albert Bore has demanded the Midlands gets a fair hearing ahead of a crucial report from the Airports Commission.

Council tax rise to pay for more police officers (Birmingham Mail) Councillors have expressed concern at police plans to increase the amount taxpayers are forking out so they can recruit more officers.

City A&Es swamped by drug users and drunks (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham hospitals are being overwhelmed with huge increases in admissions who are either drunk or high on drugs. Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

Legal Highs warning (Free Radio) Brummies using ‘legal highs’ have been warned they could be playing Russian roulette with their lives because they have absolutely no idea what they are taking. The warning comes as the Home Office announced a review into the sale of legal highs. Public Health Birmingham’s Ricky Bhandal interviewed.

Regional Headlines

Man charged over terrorism offence
A 33-year-old man from the West Midlands is charged with possessing and distributing a terrorist publication.

Boxing clubs receive criminal cash
Fifteen community schemes, including three boxing clubs, are to be given £91,000 in profits seized from criminals in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Gang violence falling, minister says
A drive to combat gang crime in England is working, Home Secretary Theresa May says, as a review of efforts to tackle the problem is published.

HS2 project essential to UK, say MPs
The HS2 high-speed rail project is essential for the UK’s future and the potential economic gains outweigh any risks, MPs say.

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