Media Watch – Jan 21

By on 21/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cash boost is music to the ears (Birmingham Mail) Two community arts groups have been granted a stay of execution and the chance to join a new hub promoting music in Birmingham following a meeting of city chiefs.

Council tries to buy scaffolding as hire cost climbs to £700,000 (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Desperate mum’s threat to dump disabled daughter at police station (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham mother, who cares for her severely disabled daughter, critical of Government plans for the NHS. Beverley Tomlinson currently receives help with the care of her daughter from Birmingham City Council.

15 adult service pilots likely (Local Government Chronicle) Fifteen councils have applied to pilot social work practices in adult services. The report speculates Birmingham City Council has signalled an interest.

Birmingham wins auditors’ praise (The Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council, Europe’s largest local authority, has been praised for a rapid improvement in its financial transparency, following a string of accounting errors last year. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/auditor-praises-accounts-progress/

‘Neighbours at war’ service to close (Birmingham Mail) A mediation service that resolves neighbourhood disputes across Birmingham is to close when funding runs out at the end of March.

OAPs’ rubbish left to rot for 5 weeks (Birmingham Mail) Elderly residents at a Birmingham care village are being made sick by the stench from rotting bin bags – which have not been collected for five weeks.

Spending cuts hit elderly Irish (Irish Post) Government spending cuts have hit frontline services for the elderly Irish in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Up to 1,600 West Midlands health trust jobs go
Up to 1,600 jobs are to go at an NHS trust in the West Midlands.

Four charged over Handsworth Wood woman’s death
Four people have been charged with the murder of a woman who was smothered to death in Birmingham in 2009.

Imam calls for Muslim British armed forces boycott
A Birmingham Imam has said that Muslims should not fight in the British armed forces on conscientious grounds due to their presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

National Headlines

Alan Johnson protection officer faces investigation
An officer who protected Alan Johnson and his wife when he was home secretary has been referred to Scotland Yard’s standards watchdog, it has emerged.

Tony Blair to reappear before Iraq inquiry
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to be questioned for a second time by the Iraq inquiry about his role in the lead-up to the 2003 war.

BA awaiting strike ballot result
The result of the latest strike ballot of BA cabin crew is to be announced, on the same day as the company completes its merger with Spanish carrier Iberia.

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