Media Watch – June 25

By on 25/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

‘Staff died’ waiting for council equal pay claim (Birmingham Post) The city council has been accused of taking so long to pay out over a landmark equal pay ruling that some claimants have died waiting. The city council said this was part of an ongoing legal process so could not comment

Deadliest cycle routes revealed (Birmingham Post) The West Midlands’ most dangerous roads on which to ride a bike have been revealed. Reference to the Birmingham Cycle Revolution aiming to improve safety

‘More powers down the line’ if council created (Birmingham Post) A new Sutton Coldfield town council would gradually increase its power if given resounding support in the ballot, it has been claimed. Cllr Anne Underwood quoted

Bid to lure new teachers in wake of Trojan Horse (Birmingham Post) A campaign to lure teachers to Birmingham schools facing a recruitment crisis is to be launched. Education commissioner for Birmingham Sir Mike Tomlinson interviewed

Black Country call for ‘Greater Birmingham’ (Birmingham Post) Calls for the region’s combined authority to be called Greater Birmingham have gained surprise support – from the Black Country

Totally Potty! (The Sun) A mum says her brain-damaged child was held in hospital against her will after she gave her cannabis oil, which is only legal for use on adults. Birmingham City Council said that when concerns are raised by health professionals, children’s services has a responsibility to investigate and that had Jayla’s parents decided to remove her from the hospital, the council  would not have had the powers to stop them. However, her parents co-operated with tests to ensure she was safe and well.

Council to sell interest in hotels (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is to sell its interest in two major hotel buildings on the NEC site

New ‘super-council’ could give housing a boost in West Midlands (Inside Housing) A combined authority could push housing higher up the political agenda and help create a more cohesive housing strategy, according to council cabinet members across the region

Damning report slates police for ignoring child sex exploitation (Birmingham Mail, Mirror) Documents show that an escalating scale of abuse was not made public

Birmingham sex exploitation victim should be given life-long anonymity (BBC online, Heart FM) A vulnerable teenage girl who was sexually exploited by a group of men should have life-long anonymity, a high court judge has ruled

Regional Headlines:

Police officers injured in Wolverhampton car crash with van – Two police officers have been injured in a crash with a van in which their squad car overturned

National Headlines:

Cameron to kick off EU reform talks – The prime minister will set out his EU renegotiation aims at a summit

Critical hours for Greece debt talks – Greek PM Alex Tsipras resumes talks with international creditors



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