Media Watch – July 10

By on 10/07/2013 in News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Labour accused of putting pet projects over vital services (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the launch of the Leader's Policy Statement at yesterday's city council meeting. Conservative Deputy Leader Cllr Robert Alden claimed the council was propping up pet projects at the expense of front-line services, while Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley accused the current administration of talking down the city's prospects. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted as saying his aims included making Birmingham a fairer and equal city.

London's destitute dumped in Brum (Birmingham Mail, Guardian) Featuring looking at the issue of Newham Council placing 40 homeless families at a hotel on the Hagley Road since last October, without Birmingham City Council's knowledge. Cllr Steve Bedser says the immediate priority is to ensure the families are properly looked after, but the trend “rings all sorts of alarm bells”. A Newham spokesperson quoted as saying they will now provide Birmingham with regular updates on any placements.

Governor stunned after being turned away at city school (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Community campaigner Desmond Jaddoo says he is not surprised people do not want to do their bit for society after being turned away from his first meeting as a governor at Glenmead Primary School. A council spokesperson quoted as saying there was a mis-communication after the school decided to streamline its governing body by reducing the number of local authority governors, with another school set to be found for Mr Jaddoo.

Regional Headlines

The NHS 111 service across Birmingham and the Black Country is due to be taken over by West Midlands Ambulance Service, it has been claimed.

A “severe” fire which broke out at a Lord of the Rings-themed pub may have been sparked by nearby workers re-felting a roof, fire crews say. Passers-by reported clouds of thick smoke coming from The Huntsman, on the High Street in Harborne, shortly before midday yesterday.

National Headlines

Healthcare assistants in hospitals, residential homes and the community in England have no minimum standard of training before they are allowed to work unsupervised, an independent report finds.

Further details of the privatisation of Royal Mail are expected to be announced in the House of Commons later.



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