Media Watch – Jan 9

By on 09/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Family of child starved by mum sue council (Independent, The Voice) The family of a child (Khyra Ishaq) starved to death in her own home by her mother and step-father are suing the council involved, claiming it missed opportunities to save her life.

More to pay council tax as Labour backs benefit cap (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Labour-run Birmingham City Council has voted to cap council tax benefit at 80 per cent – meaning thousands of unemployed and low income households will have to pay towards local services for the first time.

Councils rake in nearly £20m from car parks (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Councils in the West Midlands made almost £20 million from parking charges last year – a drop of more than four per cent on the previous 12 months.

Clubhouse scheme for golf course (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham golfers at Pype Hayes golf course are set for a new clubhouse almost four years after their previous facilities were destroyed in an arson attack.

Council will not rescue Birmingham Law Centre (BBC) Birmingham Law Centre will not be given financial assistance from the city council, despite risk of closure. Sir Albert Bore has offered to meet representatives of the Law Centre to offer suggestions of other potential funding sources.

Regional Headlines

‘Too many’ sex offenders at jail
The justice minister is urged to provide extra space at HMP Birmingham to cope with the rising number of sex offenders being sent there.

Criminal meeting pilot ‘success’
A project where crime victims meet the perpetrators in Birmingham is so successful it may be expanded, police chiefs say.

National Headlines

Firms ‘to take on probation work’
An overhaul of the probation service in England and Wales will see more offenders supervised by private sector bodies, the government is to announce.

Coalition ‘audit’ to be published
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are set to publish a dossier detailing progress on hundreds of pledges made by the coalition government.

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