Media Watch – March 11

By on 11/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City health chief’s quit ciggies plea (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's health chief (Cllr Steve Bedser) claims to have saved an incredible £1,800 since quitting a ten-cigarettes-a-day smoking habit 17 months ago.

City leader Sir Albert Bore urged to back Birmingham pub bombings probe call (Birmingham Mail) Justice4the21 group calls on council chief to push for new investigation into 1974 terrorist bombings

Simple checks give peace of mind (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice on how to avoid being ripped off by cowboy builders.

Brum’s left red-faced by green failures (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is top of the league of shame in the Midlands for recycling, according to official figures.

Welfare reforms under the cosh (Inside Housing) Iain Duncan Smith's overhaul of the UK benefit system have been attacked from all angles. Sir Albert Bore has written to LGA chief executive Sir Merrick Cockell saying he is ‘extremely concerned about the potential impact on vulnerable individuals and communities’.

Members sceptical on care funding pledge (Local Government Chronicle) Councillors from across the political spectrum have reacted with scepticism to a government pledge that they will be fully funded to implement social care reforms, warning that wide-ranging changes could “bankrupt” authorities. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

NHS could ‘raise bar’ for closure objections (Local Government Chronicle) Councils will need to provide “more convincing” evidence when they oppose NHS reconfigurations such as hospital closures, according to the health chief in charge of a review on the subject. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Councillors question Francis proposals (Local Government Chronicle) Councillors have raised concerns about some of the recommendations in the Francis report on the NHS care scandal at Stafford Hospital. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Cutting the quick: beyond 2015 (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes quoted in article looking at the potential for further local government cuts in 2015 and beyond.

Planning Power 100 (Planning) Birmingham City Council’s Waheed Nazir included in the list of people with the greatest influence over planning policy and decision making in 2012.

Regional Headlines

Community ‘in shock’ after stabbing
The community is still in shock following the fatal stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins on a Birmingham bus, a vicar says.

Jilly is crowned Crufts champion
Jilly, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, is crowned Best in Show at Crufts, held at Birmingham’s NEC.

National Headlines

Antibiotic resistance ‘threat to UK’
The danger of growing resistance to antibiotics should be treated as seriously as the threat of terrorism, England’s chief medical officer says.

Fox to urge public spending freeze
Former defence secretary Liam Fox calls for a five-year freeze on public spending, saying the cash saved could be use to cut taxes and the deficit.

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