Media Watch – Jan 2

By on 02/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Without local decision-making, public health reforms will fail (Guardian) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, and Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, say the government must hand control of health to councils if it wants the results communities desperately need to see.

£100,000 pay-offs for council chiefs (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail) Councils have given pay-offs of £100,000 or more to 135 officials leaving their jobs in the past year. Birmingham city council was among the most generous, giving pay-offs of between £100,000 and £150,000 to 27 staff.

Get fit and healthy for 2013 (BBC WM) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, urging people to make the most of Birmingham’s Be active programme this year.

Binbags uncollected (Daily Express, Daily Mirror, BBC WM) Residents living in the Bordesley Green area of the city are fuming after hundreds of rubbish bags were left on the streets because bin-men failed to collect them on Boxing Day. A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council insisted collection dates had been made clear to residents.

Adopters’ anger as race call ignored (Sunday Times) Social workers are defying official guidelines not to block families from adopting children from a different ethnic background An internal report from Birmingham City Council uncovered complaints from parents prevented from adopting by staff determined to enforce ‘rigid matching’ by ethnicity.

Regional Headlines

Gun victims’ mothers urge thought
The mothers of two girls killed in shootings 10 years ago in Birmingham continue their campaign to rid the city of guns and gangs.

New Year 999 calls rise by 15%
The number of 999 calls paramedics dealt with across the West Midlands in the last four hours of 2012 increases by 15% on the previous New Year’s Eve.

National Headlines

Rail travellers hit by fare rises
Above-inflation rail fare increases have come into force in England, Wales and Scotland amid claims that fares are going up three times faster than average earnings.

British tourist killed in Thailand
A British tourist is killed on the Thailand resort island of Koh Phangan on New Year’s Eve.

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