Media Watch – Dec 2

By on 02/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Social Fund underspend (BBC Sunday Politics) Misleading report claiming £7 million of Birmingham City Council’s Local Welfare fund remains unspent. In fact the total Birmingham pot for 2013-14 was £6.1 million, of which almost £2.9 million has already been used to help vulnerable people. Full analysis here: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/11/local-welfare-provision-in-birmingham/

Birmingham City Council children’s service: Ofsted check cancelled (BBC) The government has withdrawn a plan for a fresh Ofsted inspection of Birmingham City Council’s children’s service. Sir Albert Bore’s response http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/11/leader-response-to-edward-timpson-letter/

Anger over care home plan for 60 (Birmingham Mail) Angry residents battling plans to replace two houses with a 60-bed dementia care home likened the plan to having ‘a small’ hospital dumped on their doorsteps. Families in Rednal Rd, Kings Norton, told Birmingham City Council’s planning committee that the street was totally unsuitable for the proposed two-storey development.

Residents’ anger at new shisha lounge go-ahead (Birmingham Mail) Digbeth is fast becoming the ‘shisha capital of Birmingham’, residents have claimed.

Legal highs warning (BBC Radio Humberside) Public Health Birmingham expert Ricky Bhandal interviewed about the hidden dangers of taking ‘legal highs’.

Hundreds of pets being abandoned by their owners (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy warns people not to give pets ‘on a whim’ this Christmas as many then end up being abandoned.

Widespread coverage of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Regional Headlines

Twelve held during counterfeit raids
Twelve people are arrested during raids in Birmingham to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods.

Birmingham surgeon charged over further patient sex assaults
A surgeon has been charged with a further 10 offences of sexually assaulting female patients at two hospitals in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Ninth body recovered in crash pub
A ninth body is found in the wreckage of a Glasgow pub that was destroyed by a police helicopter, while a fifth victim is identified.

Government pledges £50 fuel bill cut
The government has unveiled a package of measures which it says will cut energy bills by a total of £50 a year for the average household.

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