Media Watch – June 18

By on 18/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fresh start at city Ali centre (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The derelict community centre opened by and named in honour of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is to get a new lease of life – as a Caribbean cooking academy.

Visit planned to check out house plans (Birmingham Mail) City planners are to visit a leafy Sutton Coldfield street over proposals to build four large family houses.

Critic of £1bn city IT service now on board (Birmingham Mail) One of the fiercest critics of Birmingham City Council’s £1 billion Service Birmingham IT and call centre contract with Capita (Cllr Barry Henley) has been appointed to the board.

Blanket vaccinations for TB not the solution (BBC WM) Birmingham’s Joint Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, rejects calls for blanket vaccinations for TB.

Storm as city social services supremo gets CBE (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) A union chief has criticised the decision to hand the head of Birmingham social services (Peter Hay) a CBE.

End in sight for mum’s water damage ordeal (Birmingham Mail) A cancer patient’s eight-week wait for repairs to her water damaged council house has been resolved.

Safety alert on uncooked barbie food (Birmingham Mail) Health chiefs have issued a safety alert after food poisoning cases almost doubled in three years.

Shedding light on sunbed perils (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s head of regulatory services, Jacqui Kennedy, warns consumers about the dangers of sunbeds.

Regional Headlines

Boy, 16, critical after assault
A 16-year-old boy is assaulted in Halesowen, leaving him in a critical condition in hospital.

City head teacher becomes an OBE
A teacher who turned around a school (Kamal Hanif, head at Waverley School in Birmingham) is among those in the West Midlands to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

National Headlines

Care for runaway children ‘weak’
“Serious weaknesses” in England’s care system have been revealed by a report which found children’s homes failed to protect runaways, ministers say.

Unpaid carers ‘being let down’
The army of unpaid carers in the UK is being “let down” by the failing social care system, a coalition of campaigners warns.

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