Media Watch – March 1

By on 01/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Housing inspections (BBC Radio WM) Cllr John Lines appeared on BBC WM’s Ed Doolan show to reassure residents that survey of private sector homes on 1,800 dwellings is to allow council to assess property conditions and how they rate against the Government's decent homes standard. Cllr Lines explained the council is keen to provide assistance to improve conditions in the private sector.

Council service cuts (BBC Radio WM) Council Leader Cllr Mike Whitby appeared on the Jo Malin show to discuss how possible financial cuts to local authorities could impact upon front line services. Cllr Whitby said the future was uncertain as the Government had made no firm promises, adding the council should be judged on its record of low tax rises and service improvement over the last five years.

Rents to rise 3.1 per cent on home (Express and Star) The city's 68,000 council tenants will have to pay an extra £2.10 on rent for their homes in 2010/11 it has been announced today.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread ongoing coverage of the Khyra Ishaq case including:

Khyra dead, 145 kids ‘missing’…yet nobody resigns (Sunday Mercury) A shocking 145 children were officially ‘missing’ without trace from Birmingham schools in the weeks that Khyra Ishaq died.

£113k PR guru ‘needed for Khyra case’ (Birmingham Mail) The city council today continued to defend the appointment of an £800 per day PR consultant to help protect its image in the wake of the tragic Khyra Isahq case.
Statement re Mail story:

Khyra Ishaq: council hired £800-a-day PR expert to handle starvation scandal (Daily Telegraph, BBC) A council which failed to save a young girl being starved to death spent £800 a day employing a PR expert to handle media coverage of the scandal. Birmingham City Council hired Terry Brownbill, a specialist PR consultant, to liaise with journalists in the wake of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq’s death.

Rent to rise £2.10 a week (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 68,000 council house tenants will see their rent rise by 3.1 per cent from October under a new rent settlement.

Birmingham council cuts ‘to hit social care’  (BBC) Birmingham City Council spending cuts place an unprecedented burden on social workers making it harder for them to visit people at risk, a union warns.

Birmingham's Olympic dream becomes reality (The Voice) AN OLYMPIC dream has moved a step nearer for Jamaica and Birmingham as both countries made history by officially signing the deal for Jamaica's Track and Field Team to use the University of Birmingham as their pre-Olympic training base for the 2012 Games.

Staffordshire Hoard appeal passes £1million mark (Birmingham Post online) A fundraising appeal to ensure the Staffordshire Hoard goes on public display in the Midlands has passed the £1million mark.

Regional Headlines

Walsall Council could cut 8,000 jobs 
Up to 8,000 workers at Walsall Council could be made redundant over the next five years, its leader has said.

Man killed in Birmingham three car pile-up 
A man has died and three others have been taken to hospital after a three car pile-up in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham.

Harriet Harman’s husband to contest Birmingham seat 
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman’s husband has been chosen to contest a Birmingham seat at the next general election, the party has announced.

National Headlines

Threat to 25,000 jobs in councils
At least 25,000 council jobs in England will be under threat in the next three to five years, a BBC survey suggests.

Pupils in England allotted secondary school places 
More than half a million pupils in England are finding out which secondary schools they will attend next autumn.

Two UK couples ‘missing’ in Chile following earthquake 
Concern is growing for two British couples who are “missing” in Chile following Saturday’s earthquake.

Inquest into first UK female Afghanistan death to open 
An inquest into the death of the only British female soldier killed in Afghanistan is due to open.

Brown tells police to keep officers on the beat 
Gordon Brown is to tell police forces to put more officers on the beat in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in law and order.

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