Media Watch – June 4

By on 04/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Carbon reduction pledge website launched (PA Newswire and various regional titles) Birmingham residents wanting to help the environment can now make carbon reduction pledges through a city council-backed website. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10692

GMB and Birmingham council have ‘worst’ relationship (BBC News Online, BBC Radio WM) The council said the GMB accusation had “no justification” Relations between staff representatives and the largest local authority in the UK are the “worst in the country”, the GMB union claims.

Weekly bin rounds ‘safe for ever’ vow (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham will never move to a fortnightly bin collections, the city’s transportation chief vowed last night. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10744

Brum nets £10m tennis academy (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A new tennis centre for Birmingham will cost £10million and attract some of the world’s best players to the city, it has been revealed. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10740

Commonwealth Sports Awards to be held in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Following the recent announcement that the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards are returning to Birmingham, the city has attracted another major sporting awards ceremony. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10732

Council pays £340k for bed-blocking (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham hospital chiefs have won more than £340,000 in back-dated bed blocking fees from the city council after a lengthy wrangle.

Social workers face new probe (Birmingham Mail) Social workers are to face an inquiry by the national watchdog over the death of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq.

We will work harder for kids (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) The Birmingham politician handed the task of transforming the city’s failing children’s social services department has warned the council cannot stop children dying.

Birmingham City Council’s Head of Climate Change Sandy Taylor promoting Climate Change Festival on BBC Radio WM.

Birmingham website ‘lacked supervision’ (Local Government Chronicle) An independent report into the high profile failings of Birmingham City Council’s website said a director-level senior manager should have been in place to oversee the system’s development.

Rare species of birds found in the centre of Birmingham (BBC WM) Birmingham City Council biodiversity officer Stefan Bodnar interviewed.

Part-worn tyre dangers revealed (BBC Midlands Today, PA Newswire and various regional titles) THE danger of buying part-worn tyres has been highlighted by Birmingham City Council after its trading standards officers found nine out of 10 examined failed to meet the minimum legal standard.

Regional Headlines

Walsall leisure fund expected to be cut, council says
Funds for a Black Country leisure centre and outward bound school trips may be cut, Walsall Council said.

Police exercise to keep children off railway lines
Realistic scenarios aim to deter children from playing on railway lines Schoolchildren are to watch a hard-hitting exercise encouraging them not to play on railway lines. More than 1,000 youngsters from 11 schools in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire will watch four mock accidents caused by railway pranks in Off The Rails 2.

National Headlines

Cameron visit after gun killings
The prime minister will visit Cumbria later as police continue to investigate the 12 killings carried out by gunman Derrick Bird.

Bangladeshi housing-block fire kills dozens
A fire in a densely populated part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has killed more than 100 people.

BP lowers a cap onto leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well
Oil firm BP has lowered a capping device on to a leaking oil well, in its latest attempt to stem the flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

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