Media watch – Jan 14

By on 14/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dead tot was on city’s ‘at risk’ list (Birmingham Mail) Unconfirmed claims that social workers visited two-year-old Keanu Williams ‘days before he died’.

Birmingham children’s director suspended ‘over leadership’ (BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) The director of Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care department (Colin Tucker) was suspended over concerns about its leadership, it has emerged.

Binmen set for weekend clean-up (Birmingham Mail) The clean-up of Birmingham’s backlog of rubbish will continue over the weekend. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15376

Brum’s social workers ‘acting like penguins’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s children’s social care chief has lifted the lid on management tensions within the troubled department and likened social workers to a colony of penguins.

So proud to be the faces of the city’s new library (Birmingham Mail) Six readers have been picked to represent the new Library of Birmingham.

First five Birmingham RGF bids unveiled (Insider Media) The first batch of projects from Birmingham City Council which are seeking cash from the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund (RGF) have been unveiled. If approved by city cabinet members at a meeting on Monday, the five schemes will aim to seek a total of £35.9m. The largest project which has been recommended for submission is a scheme from Finance Birmingham looking for £20m aimed at helping small businesses.

Call for Commons debate into Birmingham City Council leader’s expenses (Birmingham Post.net) Labour have attacked Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby for running up “a rather large drinks bill” at taxpayers' expense.

Conservationists branded ‘middle class idiots’ by Birmingham councillor (Birmingham Post.net) Conservationists were dismissed as “middle class idiots” by a council chief as plans to demolish a row of derelict Victorian villas on one of Birmingham's major commuter routes were approved.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham ‘murder’ investigation toddler named 
A Birmingham toddler at the centre of a murder investigation has been officially named as Keanu Williams.

Ex-Villa player Chris Price swept to sea in Brisbane
A former top flight footballer is recovering after being swept out to sea by a rip current in Queensland. Chris Price, who played for Hereford, Aston Villa and Blackburn and moved to Australia two years ago, was engulfed by a wave on a Brisbane beach.

National Headlines

Labour celebrate victory in Oldham East by-election
Labour have comfortably won the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election with a majority of more than 3,500.

Ken Clarke sent warning about riot prison staffing
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was warned about staffing concerns at an open prison a fortnight before inmates went on the rampage, it has emerged.

Weaning before six months ‘may help breastfed babies’
Relying purely on breastfeeding for the first six months might not be best for babies, experts in the UK have warned.

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