Media Watch – Dec 3

By on 03/12/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whooping cough cases rise 1,300% (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Whooping cough cases in the West Midlands have rocketed by more than 1,300 per cent – the highest level for more than 20 years. Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, and Dr Adrian Phillips, Director of Public Health for Birmingham, are urging pregnant women to take up the offer of a whooping cough vaccination.

Be turkey savvy as soon as you buy it (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy warns Brummies not to undercook their turkeys this Christmas.

Masterclass round up: improving councils’ online presence (Guardian) BCC’s Geoff Coleman on a panel looking at council websites, online engagement and using Twitter effectively in the Guardian’s first masterclass discussion.

Funding boost for life saving initiative (West Midlands Housing News) A groundbreaking initiative that helped some of the most vulnerable people in Birmingham stay warm and well last winter has been given a funding boost.

PM chooses Birmingham as pilot for local government scheme (West Midlands Housing News) Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen Birmingham to pilot radical proposals to change the way local government works.

Birmingham needs ‘aspirational’ homes to deter escape to country, say councillors (West Midlands Housing News) Councillors in Birmingham have spoken out about the need to build bigger, more aspirational homes to stem the flow of families moving out to the country in search of a better life.

Birmingham: Archbishop commends 2012 Nativity Trail (Independent Catholic News) The 2012 Nativity Trail, the story of Christmas through 500 years of art, at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, was commended by Archbishop Bernard Longley, Bishop David Urquhart, the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, at an official launch, on Friday, 30 November.

Birmingham City Council honoured at Goldsmiths’ Hall (Retail Jeweller) Birmingham City Council was once again presented with its Touchstone Award in recognition of the most innovative initiative in relation to hallmarking, at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London, last week.

Regional Headlines

Man arrested after house blaze
A man, 42, is arrested after a woman and child are rescued from a house fire in the Black Country.

All change for library services
Flagship libraries open in big cities across England, including Birmingham, as smaller branches close or are run by volunteers.

National Headlines

Hospitals are ‘full to bursting’
Hospitals are “full to bursting” in England, creating a potentially dangerous environment for patients, an analysis by experts suggests.

Global firms’ tax pay ‘an insult’
Global firms operating in the UK that pay little or no tax are an “insult” to British businesses and HMRC needs to be tougher with them, MPs say.

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