Media Watch – July 26

By on 26/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hundreds of fish found dead (B'ham Mail) Environment experts fear the heatwave has taken its toll after hundreds of fish died at a Birmingham park.

New sport hall plan is backed (B'ham Mail) Moseley school has been given planning permission to build a new state-of-the art sports hall. Birmingham City Council planning committee unanimously backed the proposal.

Children 'unsafe' in care of council says new boss (B'ham Mail) Vulnerable children are “unsafe” in the care of Birmingham City Council, the new boss Peter Hay, of the crisis-hit children's services department has candidly admitted.

Pool restoration plans killed off by councillors (B'ham Mail) “Arrogant” councillors have been accused of sounding the death knell for an historic Edwardian swimming baths by Friends of Moseley Road Baths (FMRB).  Cllr Lisa Trickett said Mosley Road Baths were an important asset…and we should be working with FMRB, and looking at a community asset transfer.

Birmingham plan to tackle childhood obesity (Free radio) BCC Consultant Dietician Linda Hindle interviewed about planned initiatives to tackle childhood obesity.

Councils reach out through social media but lack guidelines on how to use it (Guardian) Social Media Communications Officer Guy Evans quoted in article looking at how local authorities in the West Midlands embracing social media.

Child poverty study highlights £29bn cost to local authorities (The Municipal Journal) Article of child poverty cost for UK local authorities. Birmingham City Council bears the largest cost of child poverty annually.

Hay takes Brum children's services role (The Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council's interim boss for children, young people and families service, has stepped in following the departure of former director Peter Duxbury.

Regional Headlines

PC Chris Findley death: Dale Dixon, 19, sentenced
A teenager who killed an off-duty police officer has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in a young offenders institution.

David Harewood’s Broad Street Walk of Fame star
One of the stars of the TV series Homeland has been presented with his own star on the Birmingham Broad Street Walk of Fame.

National Headlines

Wonga row: Archbishop of Canterbury ‘embarrassed’ over Church funds
The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was “embarrassed” and “irritated” that the Church of England invested indirectly in online lender Wonga.

Stuart Hall sex attacks sentence ruling expected
The Court of Appeal will rule later on whether the 15-month jail term for child abuser and former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall should be increased.

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