Media Watch – Feb 11

By on 11/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Brum recruits Rotherham’s scandal boss (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM): Report on Howard Woolfenden’s appointment, and his previous role in child protection services in Rotherham, in light of their cabinet resigning last week.  Peter Hay is quoted, saying all necessary checks are carried out before anyone is employed by the council, and that he is confident Mr Woolfenden is the right man for the job.

Budget coverage – Business Plan 2015+ (Widespread local coverage): Leader Sir Albert Bore, Cllrs Brigid Jones, Penny Holbrook, David Pears and MP Andrew Mitchell all interviewed by various media outlets on the proposals that were announced yesterday.  Many focused on the proposed cuts to the Library of Birmingham’s opening hours, which will be cut from 73 to 40.

Brum comes top of council tax arrears table (Birmingham Mail): Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government shows council tax arrears top £105.2m.

Campaign saves our lollipop patrols (Birmingham Mail): Report on the council’s decision, revealed its Business Plan for 2015 onwards, to retain the city’s lollipop men and women. Leader Sir Albert Bore, Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Robert Alden quoted.

Google bin row (Daily Star and Daily Mail): Reports on claims council bins bosses are using images from Google Streetview as part of a wider process to decide which homes will get wheelie bins.

Bowled over by £3k bill for signs worth just £300 (Birmingham Mail): Report on Erdington Court Bowls Club being charged £2,870 for two new signs – when the cost pus VAT for making the signs was £321. Spokesperson quoted as saying this was to protect the public purse from future maintenance costs and is in line with charges to private organisations.

Regional headlines

Retired PE teacher Marcus Marcussen, who worked at Illmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, has been convicted of sexually abusing schoolboys nearly 60 years ago.

Two people have been injured after a car careered into a house in Francis Street, West Bromwich.

National headlines

NHS staff who blow the whistle on poor patient care are to be protected by new measures that will be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt later today, following a review by Sir Robert Francis QC.

A project to test driverless vehicles is being launched today in the hope the UK will become a leading global supplier.

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