Media Watch – Jan 8

By on 08/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation featured on The One Show. Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed about the scale of Government cuts and the challenge facing Birmingham City Council.

Starved girl’s family sue council (BBC, ITV, Times, Daily Telegraph, The Sun) The family of a girl who was starved to death file a claim against Birmingham City Council over claims it failed to protect her.

Lover killed girlfriend after learning of abortion (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Birmingham Mail) A man who murdered the mother of his three young children after a social worker ‘let slip’ that she had aborted a fourth child was jailed for life yesterday.

Where is the evidence to help councils tackling troubled families? (Guardian) Birmingham City Council Director of Policy and Delivery, Jason Lowther, says a Government programme to help troubled families provides a huge opportunity to turn around people’s lives, but says better trialling is key to its success.

School travel funding cuts get go-ahead (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council bosses have pressed ahead with controversial plans to slash travel funding for up to 2,000 pupils. The council spends £17 million each year on school transport but is under pressure to save cash with officials facing £110 million worth of cuts in the 2013-14 budget.

Storm in a tea room (Birmingham Mail) A family is refusing to leave a tea room it has operated for nearly 20 years – after the council awarded the contract to a larger company.

Attack club must beef up its security (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham nightspot (African Village in Hockley Heath) has been ordered to increase security after two women were glassed in an early-morning attack on the dancefloor.

Carillion signs Green Deal contract (Builder and Engineer) Carillion has signed a contract with the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme to deliver energy services as part of the Green Deal.

Director quits museum trust in Birmingham (Museums Journal) Ann Sumner has resigned as director of Birmingham Museums Trust only eight months after taking up the post. She will become executive director of the Bronte Society in Keighley from February.

More finds in Staffordshire (Museums Journal) Fragments of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver have been found in the same field where the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered three years ago.

Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Birmingham: its people, its history (Museums Journal)

Regional Headlines

Park bench man’s ‘Who am I?’ plea
A man who woke up on a park bench unable to remember anything about himself is urging anyone who knows who he is to get in touch.

Man detained after stabbing wife to death in Wolverhampton
A man who stabbed his wife to death has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

National Headlines

‘Taliban gunman’ kills UK soldier
A British soldier has been shot dead by a suspected rogue member of the Afghan National Army in Helmand, the Ministry of Defence says.

MPs to vote on 1% benefits cap
Government plans to place a 1% cap on annual increases in working-age benefits and tax credits until 2016 are to be debated in the Commons.

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