Media Watch – Feb 21

By on 21/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Welfare to work 'is failing city' (Birmingham Post) The Work Programme has been slammed after it failed to meet minimum targets with just over three out of every 100 jobseekers signing up finding work.  Quotes Cllrs Hutchings and Cruise.

Bore must end his battle with Pickles… and cheer up - Tories (Birmingham Post) Labour leader Sir Albert Bore is being too gloomy about Birmingham city council's budget situation according to opposition parties.  Quotes Cllr Robert Alden.

Spend wheelie bin cash on front line - Lib Dems (Birmingham Post) Two thirds of the £30 million set aside for the introduction of wheelie bins could be spent protecting front line council services according to Birmingham's Liberal Democrats.  Quotes Cllr Tilsley.

Half of all requests for free schools in city are faith based (Birmingham Post) Applications to open 50 'free schools' in Birmingham have been considered by the Department for Education.

'City children living below poverty line (Birmingham Mail) Nearly half of Birmingham's inner city kids are living below the poverty line, a shock report has revealed.  Quotes Cllr Cotton.

Bootlegger banned from selling booze (Birmingham Mail) A shopkeeper has been banned from selling booze after a probe found his Birmingham shop was flogging bootleg vodka and cigarettes smuggled in from Poland.  Quotes Martin Williams from Trading Standards.

Bill quits council flat after 60 years (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's longest-serving council tenant has quit the flat that has been his home for 60 years.  

Building starts after family are Edg-ed out (Birmingham Mail) A £120 million project to transform land around Edgbaston Cricket Ground is finally under way - after a family were forced to quit their home that stands in the shadow of the ground.

'Positive' Nicola scoops award for social work (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham's newest social workers has scooped a top award for the 'positive effect' she's had on people.

Community chest pays for jobless (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's Labour leadership has come under fire for taking £2 million from community projects to launch a fund to get 1,000 young people into work.  Quotes Cllrs Bore and Whitby.
Law change sparks alert on hawkers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham streets could be turned into a 'free-for-all for rogue traders' if laws governing pedlars are scrapped, council bosses have warned.  Quotes Cllr Dring and Sajeela Nasser head of Trading Standards.

Suburban Birmingham shopping parade sold for £2.1m (Birmingham Post) A refurbished shopping parade in suburban Birmingham has changed hands for £2.1million.  (125 year lease from BCC)

Hal of an error (Daily Star) A head has apologised for an 'unintentional error' after Moseley School, Birmingham, served up non-halal food to Muslims.

Halal error (The Sun) A school dinner lady has been sacked for accidentally serving non-Halal meat to Muslim children.

Regional Headlines:

More than half of Wolverhampton’s 17 children’s centres could be axed under city council plans.
A Birmingham father of two who took his own life was failed by a mental health trust, a coroner has found.
Desmond Darcy, 61, of Sutton Coldfield, made abusive calls after seeking help from Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell over a financial complaint, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

National Headlines:

The South African detective leading the Oscar Pistorius inquiry is facing seven charges of attempted murder, police have confirmed.
David Cameron has said the government is to consider spending money from the UK’s £10bn aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects.
A quarter of applications to set up free schools in England over the past two years were from faith-based organisations, official data shows.
The UK’s public finances recorded a surplus of £11.4bn in January, £5bn higher than in the same month last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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