Media Watch – July 20 (am)

By on 20/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Inquiry: Social Services in city a complete failure (Birmingham Post) A inquiry into the poor performance of Birmingham children’s social services will expose systematic failure in a department unfit to cope with the growing pressures of looking after vulnerable people in the 21st century.

Why we are failing our children (Birmingham Post) Public affairs correspondent Paul Dale looks at the above story in detail.

Porritt, the green guru, gives city advice on targets (Birmingham Post)  Environmental guru Jonathon Porritt has been called in to help Birmingham deliver on the green agenda. The Old Etonian friend of Prince Charles was asked to become a ‘critical friend’ by deputy city council leader Paul Tilsley.

£500m Government aid ‘has not helped jobless’ (Birmingham Post) More than £500million of Government money ploughed into inner city job creation and training schemes since 1997 has failed to improve ingrained unemployment and poverty in Birmingham, new figures show. Deputy city council leader Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

PFI loan to help rebuild high rise estate (Birmingham Post) One of Birmingham’s most run down high rise estates in to be rebuilt with a £100million loan. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Aston Hall reopening – Birmingham Mail, BBC etc.

Regional Headlines

Man left with stabbing injuries  (BBC)
A man is in hospital after he was stabbed in the stomach with a broken bottle in Birmingham.

Man injured in street disturbance  (BBC)
A man is in hospital with stomach wounds following a disturbance in Birmingham city centre.

Big Lunch
A huge dinner party and “Ready, Steady, Cook” event has been held in the West Midlands to encourage people to get to know their neighbours better. The Big Lunch event, which is part of similar events being held across the country, took place in Victoria Park, Smethwick.

National Headlines

Burnham under fire on flu advice

Nissan to create hundreds of jobs

Abused children therapy lacking

NHS ‘must prepare for shortfall’

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