Media Watch – Jan 27

By on 27/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Care kids need ‘pushy parents’ (Birmingham Mail) Councillors and education bosses need to become ‘pushy parents’ to ensure children in care receive a better deal from the city’s school system, it has been claimed.

Council boss calls for bins apology (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Deputy Leader is demanding an apology from Labour opponents following unfounded rumours he arranged special collections during last month’s bin strike.

Parents’ college plan could plug gap for special needs (Birmingham Post) Article looking at plans for a new college (The Lindridge) for teenagers and young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. One of the parents behind the scheme says Birmingham City Council has been very supportive.

City board wound up as region fights for real power (Birmingham Post) The Birmingham and Black Country City Region Board is to be wound up, ending a five-year attempt to introduce a powerful body of strategic local government for the West Midlands.

Some social workers are not up to the job, says children’s director (Birmingham Post) Interview with Eleanor Brazil, Birmingham’s transitional strategic director for children, young people and families.

Tough times ahead for council workers (Birmingham Post) Half a century’s worth of pay and conditions agreements are set to be ripped up as part of Birmingham City Council’s attempts to impose ‘modern’ employment conditions on its workforce.

Cuts to voluntary bodies could see youths lost to life of crime (Birmingham Post) Scores of voluntary organisations in Birmingham are facing an uncertain future as city council moves to cut vital funding from the end of March.

Scores of posts to go – but ‘it’s time to look forward’ (Birmingham Post) Interview with Cllr Len Clark about efforts to overhaul children’s social services in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Lib Dem MP John Hemming says cuts are necessary
The cuts introduced by the coalition government are necessary to stop the country “going bust”, a Lib Dem MP said.

Birmingham City heading to Wembley
Craig Gardner’s extra-time goal sent Birmingham City to their first major Wembley final for 55 years and set up a Carling Cup final meeting with Arsenal.

Father and son sex traffickers jailed in Manchester
A father and son from Romania who trafficked women into England and forced them to work as prostitutes have been jailed.

National Headlines

Phone hacking probe by Met faces scrutiny
The acting head of the Metropolitan Police is likely to face questions later about the investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World.

Scrapping RAF Nimrods ‘perverse’ say military chiefs
Leading military figures have warned that scrapping the £4bn fleet of new RAF Nimrods will create a “massive gap” in British security.

Fraud costs UK economy ‘£38bn a year’
Fraud costs the UK economy £38bn a year, with more than half of that suffered by the public sector, according to official estimates.

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