Media Watch – July 16

By on 16/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Free check can help curb rise in amputations (Big Centre TV) Health chiefs have urged Birmingham residents to book a FREE NHS Health Check is a bid to curb an alarming rise in diabetes-related amputations. Birmingham City Council’s Lead Public Health Nurse, Elaine George, interviewed

Trading Standards warns people about doorstep crime and scams (Big Centre TV)  Coverage of the Trading Standards event at Birmingham South and City College, in Handsworth, to raise awareness how people can protect themselves against being conned by rogue traders or falling victim to scams.  Interview with Donna Bensley, operations manager, Birmingham Trading Standards

Seven council leaders on a ship without a captain (Birmingham Post) Ministers have piled more pressure on to West Midlands council leaders planning a combined authority by telling them they must have ab elected mayor

City council call centre still not up to scratch – report (Birmingham Post) Residents contacting the city council’s call centre are showing a higher level of satisfaction since the facility was brought in-house. However, backbench councillors say it is still not good enough and have launched a further inquiry into the service

Saddling up for BikeFest (Birmingham Post) Extreme stunt riders were in the city centre to launch the new BikeFest. Cllrs Ian Ward and Tahir Ali pictured

Police identify 700 kids at risk of child sexual exploitation in three months (Birmingham Mail) A ‘problem profile’ has been issued by West Midlands Police showing the number of children across the region at risk of sexual exploitation. Stephen Rimmer, regional lead for preventing violence against vulnerable people, quoted

Shock rise in number of kids expelled from schools (Birmingham Mail) Figures shown to the city council education scrutiny committee show that 282 Birmingham youngsters have been permanently excluded from schools in the last academic year

Trojan Horse letter ‘not a hoax’ (BBC online) A letter outlining a plot by some Muslims to take over a small number of city schools is ‘no hoax’ according to the city’s education commissioner

Culture round every corner as Weekender takes over the city (Birmingham Post) A look ahead to the Birmingham Weekender, the finale of Super September when sports, shopping, arts, fashion and food collide for a massive event

Regional Headlines:

Owl sculptures turning heads on first city show – Giant owl sculptures are appearing across Birmingham as part of a fundraising campaign for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

National Headlines:

Greek PM ‘focused on bailout deal’ – The Greek prime minister is focused on completing a new bailout deal despite losing support

Doctors ‘must back seven-day working’ – Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says he is willing to impose seven-day working on hospital doctors


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