Media Watch – July 28

By on 28/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Guns spiked as old name is scrapped (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s world famous Gun Quarter is set to be renamed because ‘politically correct’ councillors said they didn’t want to be associated with firearms.

Go for gold and get fit (Birmingham Mail) Reporter Paul Suart joined the 2012 Challenge as part of yesterday’s Be Active Birmingham Day.

Playground revamp joy (Birmingham Mail) After beating 1,000 playground nominations and more than 5,000 votes from parents across the UK, Kings Heath Park has been given a £15,000 revamp.

Birmingham preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games (ITV Central, BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM) A look at Birmingham preparations to host athletes from USA and Jamaica ahead of next summer’s Olympic Games.

City schools spend £1.5m on therapy sessions (Birmingham Post) Some of Birmingham’s council-run schools have spent £1.5 million on a programme of alternative therapy techniques, including massages for children and teachers, it can be revealed.

Tough targets still not met by council (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has failed to meet targets to tackle bed blocking and has failed to assess children at risk of abuse adequately, according to a performance report. The city council achieved 80 per cent of its improvement targets for last year.

Private care homes told they must be reasonable about fees (Birmingham Post) Private care home owners have been told they must behave in a ‘mature’ fashion when negotiating the fees they receive from Birmingham City Council.

Financial headache over future of care for elderly in city (Birmingham Post) Social services officials in Birmingham are yet to settle on a date to begin a fresh consultation into the future of care for elderly people after a controversial cuts package was thrown out by the High Court.

Regional Headlines

‘Enterprise zone’ cities revealed 
Newly-announced Enterprise Zones in Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds could create 24,000 jobs, according to the government.

Paedophile nursery worker jailed
A “vile” paedophile who raped a toddler at the nursery where he worked and groomed online 22 other girls from across the UK is jailed for life.

Serco education contract finishes
Walsall Council ends its education contract with Serco after eight years.

National Headlines

Centrica reports profit of £1.3bn
Centrica reports operating profits of £1.3bn for the first half of the year, with profits at its British Gas business halving to £270m.

Pair guilty of honeymoon killings
Two men are found guilty of murdering a Welsh couple on their honeymoon in Antigua.

IT giants ‘ripping off Whitehall’
Government departments have been ripped off by a “cartel” of big IT firms, an influential committee of MPs finds.

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