Media Watch – Jan 20

By on 20/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Not enough done to help vulnerable children (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today) The troubleshooter brought in to turn around Birmingham’s children’s services department (Eleanor Brazil) said it wasn’t doing enough to minimise the risk to vulnerable children in the city.

Remembrance parade ‘safe’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Remembrance Day service and parade has been branded ‘sacrosanct’ by the city’s Lord Mayor. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/holocaust-memorial-day/

Council tries to buy scaffolding as hire cost climbs to £700,000 (Birmingham Post) The cost to Birmingham City Council of hiring scaffolding to protect Harborne Clock Tower has topped £700,000 in six months, it can be revealed.

City move to offload design teams opposed by union (Birmingham Post) Plans to transfer Birmingham City Council’s building consultancy and urban design teams to an arms-length company are in danger of being railroaded through without consideration being given to alternative proposals that would keep the services in the public sector.

Funding reprieve but groups must join music ‘hub’ (Birmingham Post) Two Birmingham music organisations which had seen all of their funding withdrawn from the city council have been granted a stay of execution and the chance to join a new hub promoting music in Birmingham.

Will council cuts stop the music for city’s children? (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Parents and teachers have accused Birmingham City Council of ‘giving up on children’ if plans to make huge cuts and turn some city education services into co-operatives.

Historic advice for communities (Birmingham Post) Community groups are being encouraged to take over the management of historic buildings, monuments or landscapes to prevent them falling into disrepair.

Urgent plea not to delay re-opening of station (Birmingham Post) Councillors are pleading with Network Rail not to push back the re-opening date of a Birmingham railway station. (Moseley and Kings Heath)

Legal challenge as council bids to demolish historic buildings (Birmingham Post) Opponents of plans to bulldoze a row of derelict Victorian villas in Birmingham have launched a legal challenge against the city council.

Old pals’ club facing the axe (Birmingham Mail) A club for the elderly and disabled in Birmingham is set to close after 40 years because the city council is taking away its grant.

Pupils speak out at Holocaust ceremony (Birmingham Mail) School pupils will speak about their visit to Auschwitz at a ceremony in Birmingham to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Lichfield campaigners criticise Birmingham City Council's support for HS2 (The Lichfield Blog) A Lichfield campaign group has blasted Birmingham City Council's support of high-speed rail in the region.

Regional Headlines

Unemployment figures in the West Midlands rise sharply
The West Midlands has seen the biggest rise in the number of unemployed people across the UK, according to new figures.

Birmingham Bupa home fined over strangled woman
A Birmingham care home has been fined £150,000 after one of its residents was accidentally strangled by the seatbelt of her wheelchair.

National Headlines

Arrest in Jo Yeates murder probe
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of landscape architect Jo Yeates.

PM to write to mother of disabled girl Celyn Vincent
The prime minister has said he will write to a woman who says she may have to put her severely disabled daughter into care, as she can no longer cope.

Baroness Warsi says Muslim prejudice seen as normal
Prejudice against Muslims has “passed the dinner-table test” and become socially acceptable in the UK, a senior Conservative is to say. Sayeeda Warsi, co-chairman of the Tory Party, will warn against dividing Muslims into moderates and extremists.

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