Media Watch – Feb 8

By on 08/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

The cost to councils of war children (BBC Midlands Today) A BBC investigation has revealed a massive rise in the numbers of children seeking asylum from war zones around the world, boring a hole into local government finances.  Cllr Les Lawrence talked about funding owed from the UK Borders Agency.  Detailed story to feature tonight on “Inside Out.”
Gang wars cost city £38m (BBC Radio WM) Further to Saturday’s story in the Birmingham Mail, deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley spoke to WM.  He explained that this came to light as a result of the Total Place Agenda, which looks at how best to allocate funding across all areas of the public sector.
Valuing the gold standard (BBC Radio WM) Chris Neville, Head of Trading Standards, appeared on the Ed Doolan show this lunchtime to talk about getting a fair price when selling one’s gold.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Child asylum seeker numbers rise in West Midlands  (BBC) The number of children arriving alone in the West Midlands seeking asylum has risen by almost 700% in six years. Birmingham City Council said child asylum seekers put strains on its budget, and the government had not provided enough funds.

Battle to save Britain’s Brutalist buildings from the bulldozer (Independent) Coverage of the ongoing fight to save Birmingham Central Library.

A citizen is born again (Guardian) Coverage of Birmingham City Council citizenship ceremony.

Deaths spark dogs protest (Birmingham Mail) Animal campaigners today called for an end to greyhound racing after claiming that three dogs have died in a matter of weeks at Birmingham tracks. A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said greyhound racing was  a ‘long established and legal activity’ and said it was not responsible for the welfare of the dogs.

Bootlegger told: Time to go straight (Birmingham Mail) It was a bad hair day for a Birmingham bootlegger who plotted to flood the city with fake hair straighteners. Cllr Neil Eustace said the products could have posed a danger to people’s safety.

Families in battle for green space (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners battling to save their ‘village green’ from the bulldozers have lobbied Birmingham’s planning chief during a tour of the site.

People power the key to future of baths (Birmingham Mail) Leisure boss Martin Mullaney has vowed to give people a say on the future of one of Birmingham’s threatened swimming pools.

Home inspections no hoax says city council (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham homeowners wondering why they are being asked to open their doors for a housing survey are today being reassured the request is not part of a scam.

You’ve paid £38m for two families (Birmingham Mail) Two warring gang families (Johnson Crew and Burger Bar Boys) have cost Birmingham taxpayers almost £38 million.

Two years on, it’s return of the mac (Birmingham Mail) After a decade of planning and nearly two years construction, the £15million renovation of the Midland Arts Centre (mac) is finally complete. Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “I’m sure the mac will make a significant contribution if we win the race to be the UK’s first City of Culture in 2013.”

Regional Headlines

Prayers said for Cadbury workers 
Prayers have been said in Birmingham for people who are fearing for their jobs after US firm Kraft Foods sealed its takeover of Cadbury.

Walsall Wood monument to celebrate mining past 
A replica pit head has been unveiled in the West Midlands as a mining monument. The structure, which is about 55ft (17m), has been built on land off Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood.

Perry Barr MP admits arranging for wedding reception to be held in Parliament (Birmingham Mail) Khalid Mahmood has admitted using his position to arrange for personal friends to hold their wedding receptions in exclusive House of Commons banquet rooms.

National Headlines

Cameron accuses Brown over expenses MPs 
Gordon Brown is tolerating the “disgusting sight” of MPs trying to avoid prosecution for alleged expenses abuses, David Cameron is to say.

Sikh judge Sir Mota Singh criticises banning of Kirpan 
Sikhs should be allowed to wear their ceremonial daggers – known as Kirpans – to school and other public places, Britain’s first Asian judge has said.

Ainsworth warns of casualties in Operation Moshtarak 
The defence secretary has warned of likely UK casualties as thousands of coalition troops prepare to launch a major offensive in Afghanistan.

Better child-diabetes care urged 
A “shocking” number of children are being rushed to hospital each year with potentially fatal complications of diabetes, according to a charity.

Jack Straw to face Chilcot Iraq inquiry again 
Justice Secretary Jack Straw is due to give evidence before the inquiry into the Iraq war for a second time.

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