Media Watch – Feb 16

By on 16/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

You’ve been ad (The Sun) Birmingham City Council one of many local authorities mentioned in article looking at the money councils have spent informing residents of budget cuts. The article fails to acknowledge the following: With regard to the costs of advertising, as part of our duty to inform and consult with local residents on Birmingham City Council’s proposed response to the national deficit, the council has spent £19,134 on supplements which have appeared in the following local newspapers – the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Metro, Sutton Coldfield News and Birmingham Mail Extra. Birmingham City Council has not so far spent any money on posters and leaflets to explain the budget challenge.

Birmingham Citizens’ Advice Bureaux to remain open (BBC Online) Citizens Advice Bureau offices in Birmingham will remain open for the time being – despite losing funding. The offices were due to stop their open-door policy last Friday but postponed the change to hold a meeting with Birmingham City Council on Monday.

Town hall bosses on more than the PM, councillors on huge expenses and the death of civic duty (Daily Mail) Article looking at the issue of councillors’ remuneration includes references to Birmingham City Council.

Benefits cuts will hit 30,000 city homes – report (Birmingham Mail) Around 30,000 households in Birmingham will be hit by housing benefit cuts starting in April, a council report has revealed.

Bosses fined over filth at takeaway (Birmingham Mail) Two businessmen have been fined thousands of pounds after admitting their Birmingham takeaway was filthy and littered with rat droppings.

750 pupils ‘missing’ from Brum schools, says report (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of Birmingham school pupils are missing from classrooms it has been revealed. A total of 762 pupils are currently officially listed as missing from education in the city, according to figures obtained from Birmingham City Council.

Cost of school trips rocket (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham youngster was left devastated after his parents discovered the cost of a school trip had nearly doubled because of Government cutbacks.

Regional Headlines

Dispatches Islamic school to complain to Ofcom
An Islamic school in Birmingham says it is drafting a complaint to Ofcom in light of a Channel 4 Dispatches show.

Elderly Birmingham patient was strapped to stretcher
The case of a Birmingham woman left strapped to a stretcher and soaked with urine has been used to highlight NHS failings.

Superbug’s spread across West Midlands
A superbug that contributed to the deaths of about 80 patients in Shropshire, has become dominant across the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Offenders on sex register for life to get appeal right
Thousands of sex offenders in England and Wales are set to be given the right to appeal against having their names on the sex offenders register for life.

Eric Pickles to give councillors top pay vote
Local authorities in England planning to pay employees more than £100,000 will have to seek the approval of councillors in a vote, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

UK Border Agency ‘failing over visa controls’
Immigration staff are failing to take action against hundreds of migrant workers who have no right to stay in Britain, a critical report has found.

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