Media Watch – Feb 11

By on 11/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council House policy plans ignore home share families (B'ham Mail) City Housing chiefs been accused ignoring families who share their home with frail and elderly relatives. Cllr Steve Bedser said: “It should be noted that the policy is not yet set in stone and the consultation runs until 17 February. Our aim is to make the system as fair and transparent as possible for people in Birmingham. But you have to accept the scale of the challenge.

“We have a very limited supply of larger homes that become available each year (fewer than 150) and we believe priority for this extremely limited resource should be given to immediate family groups rather than other forms of larger households containing non-dependent adults.

“That said, the proposed policy is explicit in stating that exceptions will be made to the definition of immediate family where there is a need to provide or receive ongoing and substantial care.”

Lord Mayor backs Birmingham Leadership Foundation (B'ham Mail)
Birmingham Lord Mayor, Mike Leddy, was joined by others to recognise inspirational young people making a difference at the Foundation event.

Neknomination warning (BBC WM) Cllr Steve Bedser warns against the dangers of binge drinking as WM cover the drinking game Neknomination.

Government’s better care fund (Health Service Journal) Birmingham City Council, Sunderland City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have all developed proposals to share their adult care funding with the health service.

Councils owed more than GBP360m in unpaid taxes (ITV.com) Birmingham residents have seen a council tax freeze in the last couple of years. Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council says they are looking to get better at collecting owed taxes in the future. We’re actually collecting 98% over five years at the moment.

Regional News

West Midlands Police begins recruitment drive for 450 new officers
A recruitment drive for 450 West Midlands Police officers has begun, ending a five-year recruitment freeze.

Jaguar Land Rover quarterly profits double to £842m
Profits at luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) more than doubled in the last three months of 2013.

National News

UK floods: Severe weather expected in stricken areas
More severe weather is expected to hit flood-stricken parts of the UK later, as the prime minister continues a tour of the worst-affected areas.

Baby in Blackburn, Lancashire, killed by pet dog
An 11-month-old baby girl has died after she was mauled by a pet dog in Lancashire, police said.

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