Media Watch – June 20

By on 20/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Children’s social services in city still in ‘utter chaos’ (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The city council’s struggling children’s social services have been described as being in ‘utter chaos’ with little sign of improvement. Quotes Cllrs James Bird, Barry Bowles and Anita Ward.

Council’s own caterers forced to spend £7k on computer (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s in-house catering company was forced to pay £7,000 for a computer – which did not even have Wi-Fi – due to needless red tape, it has been claimed.  Quotes Cllr Majid Mahmood.

Council cuts will mean more care at home for many (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council bosses are promising a revolution in care for the elderly and disabled as it wrestles with unprecedented budget cuts and an ageing population.  Quotes Cllr Steve Bedser.

City could ‘halve annual audit’ bill (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council would halve its audit costs if it can get its accounts in on time and filed accurately, a committee has heard.  .

Businesses ‘unconcerned’ over city tunnels closure (Birmingham Post) Business leaders in Birmingham city centre say they have no fears over plans to close key tunnels for major repair work.  Quotes Cllrs Ian Ward, Tahir Ali and Deidre Alden.

Centro announces £700,000 for main Birmingham cycle route (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A main Birmingham cycle route is to receive a £700,000 facelift.

‘No more cuts’ plea on Brum fraud fighters (Birmingham Mail)  Birmingham councillors have pleaded for an end to cuts in the authority’s anti-fraud team.  Quotes Cllr Majid Mahmood.

New consistent food labelling – a welcome move (Free Radio)  Birmingham Public Health’s consultant dietician Linda Hindle has welcomed plans to introduce a new ‘traffic light’ system for food labelling.

The future for Adults and Community Services (WM) Peter Hay interviewed about the green paper looking at the future of Adults and Community Services across the city.

Regional Headlines:
Car shot at in ‘targeted attack’   Shots are fired at a car in Alum Rock before four people are assaulted in what police describe as a “targeted attack”.

Kerb crawler clampdown by police   Kerb crawlers and sex workers are targeted in a police campaign taking place over the summer months.

Birmingham air pollution leads to call for investment   Campaigners have called on Birmingham City Council to increase investment to tackle “toxic” air pollution.


National Headlines:

‘Invisible’ poor children let down by schools, says Ofsted head   Many of the poor children being left behind in schools now are in suburbs, market towns and seaside resorts rather than big cities, England’s chief inspector of schools is to say.

CQC ‘may reveal NHS cover-up names’  England’s NHS regulator is to review a decision not to name those behind a possible “cover-up” after a series of baby deaths at a Cumbria hospital.

Government leads new GM crops push Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says GM makes sense for consumers, farmers and the environment and calls for reform of EU regulations.

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