Media Watch – June 8

By on 08/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum bosses lining up a weekend to remember (Birmingham Mail) An event called Birmingham Weekend is set to be held on September 25-27, bringing together culture, food, fashion, sport and shopping – marking the opening of the new Grand Central development, Style Birmingham and the Rugby World Cup.

Family fun time at Lord Mayor’s Show (Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury) Feature on this year’s event, staged at the weekend. Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall quoted.

Combined Authorities and devolution (Birmingham Mail, Building magazine, LGC, Machinery Market magazine and Property Week) Further coverage of the ongoing efforts to develop a Combined Authority for the West Midlands region.

Talk down our city and you hurt our children (Professional Social Work magazine) Coverage of comments made by Peter Hay at the recent Community Care Live conference in Birmingham – during which he said negative publicity meant young people applying for jobs or university places outside the city faced prejudice. Mr Hay also quoted as saying there are no quick fixes as the council attempts to improve children’s social care services.

Protesters and buskers face ban from city centre (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the current period of public consultation relating to a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order, which has been branded “draconian” by campaigners and political activists. The article’s headline and introduction inaccurately states the council is attempting to “silence” buskers and protesters – as the council is only consulting on the potential measure in relation to amplified sound following many complaints. A clarification can be found here.

Eye-sore fountain will be removed due to vandalism (Birmingham Mail) The fountain on Erdington High Street is being removed after vandalism and becoming a target for thieves and thugs. Reference made to a dispute over funding. Cllrs Robert Alden and Bob Beauchamp directly quoted. In response, a council spokesperson says the fountain is being decommissioned with the agreement of ward members as the costs were unreasonable in times of austerity.

Great-gran’s two-year wait for stairlift (Sunday Mercury) A Kingstanding woman claims the council has told her she faces a two-year wait for a stairlift to be fitted at her home. A council spokesperson quoted, clarifying the situation, stating there is high demand for the service, but the work should be done in the next four to six weeks.

Warning after £200m cuts announced (Sunday Mercury) Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, has expressed her concern after budget announcements made by Chancellor George Osborne.

Healthy position (Glass Times and Glass News magazines) A feature on Shelforce’s prospects for the future after recent restructuring.

When I grow up, I’m going to be a genius (Sunday Times Magazine) Feature on gifted children, asking if society is doing enough to manage their talents. Reference made to a case in which a parent contacted the city council because they wanted their son to start school at the age of two – but were allegedly told it was council policy to educate within a chronological year group.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police have promised to do more to support parents who are abused by their children, after it emerged there were 18,000 cases of domestic violence of all types in the region last year.

Theme park Alton Towers to due to re-open today after being closed following a crash involving of its rides last week.

National Headlines

Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested he expects all members of the government to back him over any EU deal.

The CBI has cut its UK growth forecasts and warned of further risks to the economy posed by a possible “messy” end to the Greek crisis and uncertainty over the EU referendum. The business lobby group now expects 2.4 per cent growth this year and 2.5 per cent next year, down from February’s forecast of 2.7 per cent and 2.6 per cent respectively.



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