Media Watch – July 22

By on 22/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City tried to sway damning Ofsted findings (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Children’s Director Tony Howell attempted to have a damning Ofsted report into the city’s continuing failure to help children at risk of sexual and physical abuse watered down, it has emerged.

Boss tasked with transforming children’s services nearly quit (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The council boss appointed to transform Birmingham children’s social services (Colin Tucker) came close to quitting after less than a year in the job.

£254m council housing scheme under threat in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) An ambitious £254 million building scheme to create 262 new council homes and improve hundreds more in Birmingham could be threatened by Government cuts, MPs have claimed.

Culture bid defeat won’t get us down (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s City of Culture team vowed the city will ‘continue to be a capital of culture’ despite missing out on the 2013 crown.

Two warring crime families have cost taxpayer £37m (Daily Express, Daily Mail) TWO warring crime families in Birmingham have cost taxpayers a staggering £37million, it was revealed yesterday.

Flak flies as £46m job boost bombs (Birmingham Post) Report on Birmingham City Council’s use of Working Neighbourhoods Fund money.

Thousands flock to half marathon (Birmingham Mail) The EDF Birmingham Half Marathon is on course to break a new record – three months before a single step has been run. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11694

Public have a say on JFK (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A public meeting will be held today to decide the future of Birmingham’s John F Kennedy memorial. Birmingham City Council’s planning committee and the Irish community have insisted that the memorial stay in the city.

Ex-Lord Mayor fury over banks (Birmingham Mail) Former Birmingham Lord Mayor Mike Wilkes has launched an outspoken attack on banks, who he said were helping to ‘destroy’ the city’s manufacturing heritage by refusing to lend money to firms on reasonable terms.

Regional Headlines

Taxi tribute to murdered driver Mohammed Arshad
Taxi drivers in the West Midlands are to hold a minute’s radio blackout on the anniversary of the murder of a fellow worker.

Man arrested after Yardley shop stabbing
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in a shop.

National Headlines

Two UK soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan rescue bid
Two British soldiers have been shot dead in Afghanistan while trying to rescue a wounded colleague.

Mini-stroke victims ‘miss out on vital care’
Many patients at high risk of stroke are not getting the specialist treatment they need, an audit found.

David Cameron criticised over World War II history slip
David Cameron has been criticised after mistakenly saying the UK was the “junior partner” in the allied World War II fight against Germany in 1940.

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