Media Watch – March 19

By on 19/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councils sign declaration for social inclusion (Local Government Chronicle, 24Dash, localgov.co.uk and widespread regional coverage) Leaders of local authorities across the country have pledged to work together to tackle social inequality. Fifteen councils have signed the Birmingham Declaration on Social Inclusion, a national network that helps share resources and expertise to tackle the issues around social inclusion.

20mph limit gets green light despite opposition (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham councillors have ignored fierce opposition to roll out plans for a city wide 20 mph speed limit on residential roads.

Birmingham City Council children’s services to be inspected (BBC) Birmingham City Council children’s services department is to be inspected by Ofsted. The watchdog will begin its examination of several areas within the department on Wednesday.

Outdoor learning cuts approved by Birmingham council (BBC) Outdoor learning services for schools will end at eight sites operated by Birmingham City Council, the authority has confirmed.

Regional Headlines

Woman and girls attacked in stabbing
Two children and a woman in her 40s are stabbed in what police say is a “domestic incident” at a house in Birmingham.

FA apologises to footballer’s widow
The FA apologises to former West Bromwich Albion player Jeff Astle’s widow for its “lack of contact” since his death.

National Headlines

Budget Day
George Osborne is expected to announce measures to encourage housebuilding, help businesses cut their energy bills and raise personal tax allowances in his Budget.

New clues in Claudia Lawrence hunt
Detectives searching for missing chef Claudia Lawrence have found male DNA on a cigarette butt and unidentified fingerprints at her York home using new technology.

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