Media Watch – Dec 9

By on 09/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Baby-faced gang's reign of terror (Birmingham Mail) A gang of baby-faced thugs have been banned from two Birmingham neighbourhoods, following the issuing of anti-social behaviour injunctions based on a case put together by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police. Cllr James McKay quoted

Discussion of the case for Sutton Coldfield having its own town council - BBC WM

Banned: the words censored by city council! (Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Star, Daily Mail) A list of 130 words that would cause an email to be blocked by the city council. A council spokesperson said we use US monitoring software and review it regularly

Anger as nursery branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted (Birmingham Mail) Funding could be cut to Jon Carrie nursery in Moseley due to its Ofsted rating. Birmingham City Council said it has discussed a more phased withdrawal of funding with the DfE to allow more time to work with the nursery

Payday lenders 'trap' the poorest (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's leaders have pledged to loosen the grip of payday lenders on Birmingham's poorest communities in a new Fair Money Manifesto. Cllr John Cotton quoted

Mum-of-three claimed £27,500 in housing benefits scam (Birmingham Mail) A woman has been given a suspended 18  month sentence following a case brought by Birmingham City Council

Pet owners facing new £80 fines over dog mess (Birmingham Mail) Dog owners who allow their pooches to foul Birmingham's pavements and parks will face fines. Birmingham's licensing committee is set to adopt the new control orders when it meets this week

Gareth tells city TV choir to sing from their heart (Birmingham Mail) The council choir faces more tests and tears as it battles to be named workplace choir of the year

Regional Headlines:

Six schools face special measures – Six schools in Walsall could be placed in special measures, an opposition councillor warns

New Street station's panic measures to curb crowds - The Birmingham station this weekend introduced crowd control measures to ensure platforms weren't overwhelmed

National Headlines:

Ambulances 'face long delays at A&E' – Some patients are facing long waits in ambulances outside A&E departments, with one case involving a delay of more than six hours, figures show

Thai PM Yingluck calls election – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election, after sustained protests in Bangkok

SA parliament to remember Mandela – South Africa’s parliament is to meet to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as world leaders prepare for Tuesday’s memorial service

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