Media Watch – March 28

By on 28/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council Children’s Services to get commissioner (widespread coverage) Birmingham’s Children’s Services is to get an external commissioner to oversee the running of the unit.

Health chief backs Birmingham school’s energy drinks ban (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Steve Bedser has praised a Birmingham school for banning energy drinks – and called on others to follow its lead.

Birmingham takeaway ban ‘begins to pay off’ (Birmingham Mail) Health bosses desperate to drive down soaring obesity levels have barred almost half of all new takeaways from opening in Birmingham. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Nature Centre changes recognise conservation (Birmingham Mail) The popular Birmingham Nature Centre is to be rebranded and relaunched as the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park next month to recognise its work with endangered species. Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, quoted.

Have a say on mental health (Birmingham Mail) Youngsters are being urged to have their say on improving mental health services in Birmingham.

Skills bus rolls for the unemployed (Birmingham Mail) If you're unemployed, looking to improve your skills or thinking of starting your own business, then advice and support is on hand.

Regional Headlines

Rapper’s killer jailed for 18 years
An 18-year-old man is convicted of murdering a Birmingham rapper and sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Birmingham City owner Yeung appeals
The owner of Birmingham City football club Carson Yeung files an appeal against his conviction for money laundering.

National Headlines

Benefit change ‘sees 6% move home’
About 6% of social housing tenants in Britain affected by changes to benefits partly designed to cut under-occupancy have moved home, research suggests.

Mandatory porn site age checks urged
The UK’s video-on-demand regulator calls for a change to the law to make overseas pornographic websites add age verification checks.

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