Media Watch – Jan 11

By on 11/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued coverage of the refuse collection backlog, including: Strike, go slow, strike again: The guerilla bin crews of Brum (Daily Mail) First they began working to rule, then came the strike action. Now binmen have been accused of embarking on a go-slow, adding to the anger of residents. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15310

Bed blocking action plan (Birmingham Mail) A major new strategy to try to solve severe bedblocking, which is costing the council and NHS millions of pounds, is to be launched in Birmingham.

City council to set up trading company to sell expertise to private sector (Birmingham Post.net) Architects, engineers and surveyors at Birmingham City Council could soon be selling their expertise to other local authorities and the private sector. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15264

Order to fix shut library (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham library service could be hit with a £1.8 million bombshell courtesy of public sector pensioners in Manchester.

Whitby under fire for £3k hotel stay (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby ran up a £3,570 bill for a five night stay at the luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel during the 2008 Conservative conference.

Group’s anger at OAP Village (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s third retirement village is set for the go ahead despite opposition from heritage watchdogs. The complex on Hagley Road, Edgbaston, is due to go before the city council’s planning committee on Thursday, recommended for approval.

Early intervention American style (Children & Young People Now) With MP Graham Allen due to publish his first review into early intervention, Jo Stephenson looks at how Birmingham City Council has drawn inspiration from the US to provide support to families before they reach crisis point.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham patient died after leaving secure ward
A man with schizophrenia died in his Birmingham flat after leaving a secure hospital ward by a door which had just been repaired.

EasyJet fuel error leaves Birmingham plane too heavy
Thirty passengers were ordered off a plane which had been loaded with too much fuel to take off, it has emerged.

‘Kidnapped’ Birmingham men missing in Pakistan
Two Birmingham men who were visiting Pakistan have been kidnapped, family members say.

National Headlines

NSPCC: Hundreds report sex abuse by women each year
Hundreds of children call the ChildLine helpline every year to say they have been sexually abused by a woman, the NSPCC has said.

Undercover Pc Mark Kennedy ‘really sorry for betrayal’
An undercover officer who infiltrated a group of green activists apologised to them for his “betrayal” months before they were due to go on trial.

Nine arrested in teenage sex exploitation inquiry
Nine men have been arrested as part of a police investigation into sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Greater Manchester.

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