Media Watch – Feb 10

By on 10/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Elderly care auctioned in ‘eBay style’ (The Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Birmingham Post, BBC WM) City social services have been accused of removing the ‘humanity’ out of the care home system by using an online eBay-style auction to find places for the elderly.

Birmingham council properties receive £58m investment (BBC) Thousands of Birmingham council properties are set to be renovated following a £58m investment by the city council.

Brum in talks to widen 20mph speed limits (Birmingham Mail) Plans to impose a 20mph speed limit on more of Birmingham’s roads could soon go ahead.

Google Street View used to decide who gets a wheelie bin (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have been branded ‘incompetent’ for relying on Google Street View pictures to decide which homes will get controversial wheelie bins. The authority said images from the internet giants were ‘useful’ in deciding which properties were suitable for the new-style bins.

City library cuts will go ahead despite backlash (Birmingham Mail) Cuts to the Library of Birmingham are expected to be confirmed by city council bosses when they announce details of their final budget today.

Thousands back battle to save lollipop patrols (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of concerned Brummies have backed the Birmingham Mail’s ‘Lollipop Appeal’ aimed at saving the jobs of close on 200 crossing wardens.

Who should govern the UK’s cities? (BBC) Those in charge of some of the biggest councils think they have the answer to who should govern the city.

One in five lamb takeaways still contaminated with other meat, FSA says (Guardian) One in five samples of lamb takeaway meals are still contaminated with other meats such as chicken, beef and pork, the government’s food watchdog has revealed, following a major investigation by a consumer group nearly a year ago. The Which? investigation tested 60 lamb takeaways from a selection of Birmingham and London restaurants and revealed that 40% of the meals were contaminated with other meats. The consumer magazine described the latest FSA findings, which suggest little progress has been made, as shocking.

Councils ‘sitting on GBP20 billion in reserves’ (ITV) Councils are sitting on more than £20 billion in reserves and failing to collect revenue owed to them, Eric Pickles has claimed as he warned town halls against raising tax bills for households. The DCLG figures showed Birmingham topped the table for council tax arrears, with £105.2 million owed by local taxpayers.

Regional Headlines

Teenage girl abducted two babies
A teenage girl admits abducting a baby boy and is convicted of abducting another.

Arson school closed until half term
An arson hit primary school (St Alban’s Church of England School, Wednesfield) is unlikely to open before the half term holiday, the council says.

National Headlines

A poll suggests more than half of UK children have done something “risky” or anti-social online.

Many ‘children taking risks online’ A poll suggests more than half of UK children have done something “risky” or anti-social online.

Fatal tipper truck crash investigated
An investigation continues after a tipper truck crash on a steep hill in Bath left a child and three adults dead.

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