Media Watch – July 6

By on 06/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bike Scheme Boosted (Birmingham Mail, BBC, Express and Star)

DfT awards grant which allows Birmingham City Council to introduce a £6.47m programme of improvements for cyclists and pedestrians in north Birmingham.

Outrage at council jobs going to India (Birmingham Mail)

Councillors vote in favour of an amended motion at Full Council Meeting to ‘apply more pressure’ on Service Birmingham to stop the outsourcing of jobs to India.

Social care funding cuts not ditched (Birmingham Mail)

Speaking at Full Council, Cllr Anderson says plans to change the level of support the Council provides to adults with ‘substantial’ needs are still under consideration, as High Court ruling last month found error with the consultation method, not the overall plans themselves.

Go-ahead for ASDA to buy park land (Birmingham Mail)

Council set to agree the sale of 2.4acres of land at Woodgate Valley Park to ASDA after survey of local residents found most in favour. Cllr Mullaney defends the sale and pledges the authority is not ‘selling off its parks’ pointing out money from the sale, thought to be several million pounds, will be reinvested in the park.

Regional Headlines

Newborn baby snatched from hospital – A baby was snatched from the maternity unit at Heartlands Hospital by gang of men who feared it was to be taken in care – police confirm- no details of names or which local authority may have been involved

National Headlines

Families of 7/7 victims spoken to by police in News of the World phone hacking investigation

Financial problems in the NHS are likely to cause a rise in waiting times in England, health chiefs believe

The government’s victims’ commissioner is calling for a new law to help protect the families of people who are murdered

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