Media Watch – June 12

By on 12/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Further national and local coverage of Trojan Horse, including criticism of the city council by David Cameron

MP: Birmingham could be bankrupt in 18 months (Birmingham Post) Gisela Stuart has told the House of Comms the city could go the way of Detroit

Lord Mayor honour special for Shafique (Birmingham Post) new Lord Mayor Shafique Shah has described the appointment as one of the most special events in his life

Council joins bonds agency to cut cost of borrowing (Birmingham Post) BCC is joining forces with other local authorities in a new initiative to cut the costs of borrowing for new roads, houses and business parks. Deputy leader Ian Ward quoted

Big bike giveaway to kickstart £24m cycling revolution (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is offering a 5,000 bike giveaway in a bid to get people cycling. Cllr James McKay quoted

City heritage article (Birmingham Post) Heritage champion Cllr Philip Davis responds to claims that the city council 'hates' our civic heritage

It's OK to be fat and fit says city's health champ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's health champion Dr Ewan Hamnet (appointed to tackle physical inactivity) says it is okay for people to be overweight as long as they do exercise

Council in call for help to draw up 6,000-home green belt masterplan (Birmingham Post) BCC has advertised for a consultant to draw up a masterplan for the development of homes on green belt in Sutton Coldfield

Hundreds in town as ICC hosts science park summit (Birmingham Post) Delegates around the world will come to Birmingham next month for an international science park summit. Sir Albert quoted welcoming the event

Carers training cuts 'will lead to patient injuries' (Birmingham Post) Cuts to training for carers will lead to an increase in serious injuries, charities have claimed. A city council spokesperson stressed the service has not been cut, and that Midland Mencap had secured the training contract

Visitor from Wales receives penalty charge notice, subsequently cancelled (WM) A disabled woman incorrectly ticketed after confusion over validity of blue badge, the ticket was then cancelled

Regional Headlines:

Developer search for hospital site – A 43-acre former hospital site in Selly Oak in Birmingham goes on the market

'Killer driver was twice the speed limit' - A driver accused of killing a boy of five was doing double the speed limit, a court heard

National Headlines:

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks – The UN condemns attacks in Iraq by Islamist militants who have overrun two major cities, and says a “dire” humanitarian situation looms

Changes to passport checks blocked – Passport Office plans to relax security checks on applications from overseas are blocked by ministers, as staff tackle a major backlog of cases

Brazil set for World Cup opener – Hosts Brazil open the 2014 Fifa World Cup against Croatia on Thursday, kicking off a 32-team tournament that ends on 13 July

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