Media Watch – June 8

By on 08/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of teenage boy given Birmingham council house (Daily Express, Daily Star, Daily Mirror)

Brum fuel bill is slashed by £12m (Birmingham Mail, Central News) City householders and businesses have saved themselves a whopping £12 million by being more energy efficient over the last year, it has been claimed. City Council Deputy Leader and green champion Paul Tilsley said: “Birmingham’s citizens, visitors and businesses have done their bit to help us meet our challenging but ambitious goals to reduce carbon dioxide levels.” http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10767

Food fair to be a tasty treat (Birmingham Mail) Cuisine from around the world will be dished up when the International Food Fair returns to Birmingham on Thursday.

New library going live…! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s revamped city centre library is to be home to a pioneering ‘living wall’, setting a new environmental standard for the revolutionary building.

Tree error cost £200,000 (Birmingham Mail) Officials who bungled when awarding a tree pruning contract may have cost Birmingham taxpayers more than £200,000.

City lands coveted sports awards ceremony (PA Newswire and a number of regional titles) Following last month's 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=10823

ITN to film social work team in Birmingham (Professional Social Work) A television film crew is filming children’s social workers in Birmingham after the director of children’s social care Colin Tucker agreed to ‘open the doors’ of his department in a bid to improve understanding of social work.

Birmingham children’s services may adopt Hackney model (Communitycare.co.uk) Birmingham City Council is considering introducing the London Borough of Hackney model of social work teams headed up by consultant social workers to try and turn its troubled children’s social care department around.

Birmingham City Council has completely dismissed union claims that relations between leaders and trades unions ‘the worst in the country’ See: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10806

Regional Headlines

Man arrested in Erdington murder inquiry
A murder investigation has started following the death of a 75-year-old woman who was assaulted in the Erdington area of Birmingham.

Building work starts on West Bromwich underpass
Building work has begun on a £25m underpass in West Bromwich to cut congestion around the town centre.

National Headlines

Osborne to consult public about spending choices
Mr Osborne has said spending cuts will not hit front-line services Ministers are to give details about a “once-in-a-generation” re-examination of the way the government works, as it prepares to make “painful” cuts.

Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy to retire
Tesco has announced that chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is to retire from the supermarket chain next March.

Hospitals to face financial penalties for readmissions
The health secretary will pledge to empower patients Hospitals will face financial penalties if patients are readmitted as an emergency within 30 days of being discharged, under government plans.

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