Media Watch – June 10

By on 10/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Review finds failings over boy, 3, battered to death (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Sun) Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has published the results of its independent serious case review into the brutal killing of Dylan Crean in August 2011. The report was published on behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards of Derbyshire; Leicestershire and Rutland; Birmingham and Nottingham City.

Consumer watchdogs launch investigation re family-run tv repair businesses (Asian Voice) Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team has received fresh complaints about TV repairs firm.

Homes regs to open door for bullying (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Douglas Osborn quoted that neighbours could be bullied into keeping quiet over large extensions under new regulations being adopted.

Councillor sorry over race tweet (Sunday Mercury) Cllr Mariam Khan has apologised after failing to report a supporter who made a racist remark on her Twitter account

Car 2 Woe (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) Residents in Bournville claim that car2go users taking up valuable parking spaces. Cllr Huxtable quoted.

It’s the obe-city street (Birmingham Mail) Focus on row of shops in Erdington dominated by fast-food businesses. Cllr Bedser quoted.

250,000 new jobs created in airport plan (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Airport have unveiled ambitious expansion plans which could lead to the creation of 250,000 new jobs. Leader, Cllr Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Council’s £2m for struggling tenants (Birmingham Mail, Inside Housing) The city council has secured an extra £2m to help tenants struggling to pay their rent in the wake of housing benefit cuts. Cllr Cotton quoted.

MP in call for better rail link to Longbridge (Birmingham Mail) New Street Station should be better connected to Birmingham’s industrial development sites at Longbridge following the area’s £600m transformation, Northfield MP Richard Burden has claimed.

Men fear coming clean on cons by loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) Just one in three male victims of loan sharks are willing to give statements to the authorities, according to Birmingham-based Head of Illegal Money Lending Team.

Poorest hit hardest by cuts – MPs (Birmingham Mail) An independent inquiry by MPs has backed claims by Birmingham council that the poorest and most vulnerable communities have been hardest hit by Government spending cuts. Leader quoted.

Regional Headlines

Man charged after car hits city officer (BBC Online)

Severn Trent rejects third takeover offer of £22 per share (BBC Online)

National Headlines

A new system of payments replacing the Disability Living Allowance, which will see hundreds of thousands lose their benefits, takes effect across Britain.

New UK visa rules causing anguish.


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