Media Watch – Feb 20

By on 20/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Head’s apology for Halal meat blunder (Birmingham Mail) The headmaster of Moseley School has apologised to parents after admitting his Birmingham school served non-Halal food to Muslim pupils.

Brum’s £1m B&B bill for homeless (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council spent almost £1 million (actually £638,000) last year providing emergency bed and breakfast accommodation for the homeless. Since 2010-11 BCC has cut the average stay of households in Bed and Breakfast accommodation from 27 days to 13 days. This is at odds with the bulk of the country where B&B usage and time spent in B&B has increased.

City museum’s Sikh exhibition (Birmingham Mail) A free exhibition on loan from the British Museum – exploring the story of the Sikh Fortress Turban – will run until April 28 at Birmingham Museum.

Shisha smokers must be aware of the serious health risks (BBC WM) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, interviewed about the serious risks associated with shisha pipe smoking following a sevenfold increase in the number of shisha bars across the city.

England’s cities are being sold short, and council leaders’ patience has snapped (Guardian) Birmingham referenced in article about the financial crisis facing local authorities across the country.

The 30,000 town hall pen-pushers who earn more than £50,000 (Daily Mail) Almost 30,000 council pen-pushers now earn more than 50,000 a year. (It is not clear which posts the pejorative term ‘pen-pushers’ refers to) In fact, middle and senior managers make up around 1 per cent of the total local government workforce, which compares favourably with practices elsewhere in the public and private sectors.

Regional Headlines

‘Wide differences’ in child poverty
Ladywood in Birmingham is in the top five UK constituencies with the highest levels of child poverty, a report finds.

Wolverhampton Council to cut £17m
Wolverhampton City Council outlines cuts and services changes to save £17m in the next financial year.

National Headlines

4G auction raises less than forecast
Telecoms regulator Ofcom announces the winners of its 4G mobile auction, which raises a lower-than-expected £2.34bn for the Treasury.

IVF guidelines raise age limit to 42
Couples struggling to have a baby should get fertility treatment more quickly and older women should gain access to IVF, say new NHS guidelines.

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