Media Watch – Feb 2

By on 02/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Health chiefs wage war on fast food (Birmingham Mail) Health chiefs are waging war on fast food firms across Birmingham. The city’s Public Health director has launched plans to gain tougher health regulations for fast food firms trying to open up near schools and in areas hit by obesity problems.

Hall’s a hit with Punjabi pop fans (Birmingham Mail) A famous Birmingham landmark has become the star of a music video which is becoming an online sensation and has topped the charts overseas. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/02/starring-role-for-aston-hall/

CAB has own funds (Birmingham Mail) The under-fire council chief accused of cutting the funding lifeline to Birmingham’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau network has claimed the organisation has £300,000 cash reserves.

Brum to help pay off other councils’ debts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham will be ordered to borrow almost £400 million to help pay off debts built up by councils in London and Manchester under reforms to council housing finance proposed by the Government.

Art gallery could start charging (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s world famous Museum and Art Gallery could be merged into a trust with the Thinktank science museum, prompting fears it could open the door to charges for admission.

Nurseries to get special protection (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham nursery schools will be given special protection from spending cuts, city council leader Mike Whitby has promised.

No prosecution of ‘stoning’ jibe Tory (Birmingham Mail) The tweeting Tory (Cllr Gareth Compton) who called for the ‘stoning’ of a Muslim journalist could be set for a comeback after all charges against him were dropped.

Union ‘livid’ over £10m perks cuts (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of Birmingham City Council staff are set to lose valuable free parking passes as public spending cuts begin to bite.

Birmingham City Council extends outsourcing contract to save £135m (24dash.com) A five-year extension to Birmingham City Council’s contract with its outsourcing partner Capita has been agreed following a cabinet decision last November to open negotiations. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/contract-extension-for-ict-and-contact-centre/

Regional Headlines

Birmingham marquee company fined after workers injured
A Birmingham company has been fined £15,000 for failing to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public at a Coventry film premiere.

Plea to government on Birmingham Citizens’ Advice cuts
The government has been asked to intervene after the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) said it may have to close five of its offices in Birmingham.

Police visit lay-by in Janine Downes cold case murder
Police are to visit a lay-by in Shropshire where a woman’s body was found 20 years ago as part of a cold case review into her murder.

National Headlines

Fears cuts will hamper child mental health drive
Campaigners have questioned whether a drive to improve child mental health services will prove successful.

NHS hospitals ‘overspending by £500m on basic supplies’
NHS hospitals in England could save around £500m a year if they improve the way they buy everyday supplies, a report says.

Jack Straw hearing to end Iraq inquiry public hearings
Jack Straw is to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry for a third time, as its public hearings come to an end.

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