Media Watch – July 16

By on 16/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Disgraceful’ care blasted by hurt gran (Sunday Mercury) A vulnerable grandmother placed under the care of Birmingham social workers claims they ignored her after she fell and fractured her wrist, shoulder and nose. BCC missed an appointment to see Patricia Biddle on June 18 and the family has since refused repeated council offers to help.

Mayor pays visit to £10m RSPCA centre (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s animal-loving Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress had a sneak preview of the RSPCA’s new £10m centre as the charity begins its final push of a fundraising campaign.

Preying on the vulnerable (Birmingham Mail) Jacqui Kennedy, Trading Standards, warns people about the pitfalls of turning to con artists who claim to be faith healers.

My 6 months waiting for a blue badge (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council backlog has left disabled residents waiting months for their new Blue Badge parking permits. Since the problem was first identified, BCC has employed extra resources and significantly reduced the backlog.

Birmingham Council Throws Data Warehouse at Fraudsters (TechWeek) Birmingham City Council has used data matching technology to catch £6.8m of false tax discounts

Birmingham LEP to create ‘fully functional economic geography’ (Machinery Market) Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership leaders have pledged to continue revitalising the area’s economy by creating new jobs and opportunities for growth.

Target practice (Inside Housing) Payment by results is designed to offer Supporting People providers an incentive to improve services for clients. Article looks at Birmingham City Council pilot.

Regional Headlines

Woman injured in gas explosion
A woman is taken to hospital after suffering burns in a gas explosion in the West Midlands.

Three stabbed in concert ‘fight’
Three people from the West Midlands are stabbed in a fight at a Swedish House Mafia concert in Milton Keynes.

National Headlines

Athletes to start arriving for Games
Thousands of athletes and officials are to begin arriving in London for the Olympic Games, as questions remain about security recruitment.

£9bn rail schemes to be unveiled
Details of a £9bn investment in the railways in England and Wales will be announced later by senior ministers.

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