Media Watch – March 5

By on 05/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

RBS Staff in disabled parking swindle (BBC Radio WM Breakfast Show, Birmingham Mail) Coverage of a court case yesterday in which a dozen bank workers were convicted of using disabled blue badges to park in the city centre when they were not entitled to. Gary Bullock, who leads the council team that investigated the issue was interviewed on Radio WM.

Khyra Ishaq case - sentencing due today (BBC Radio WM Breakfast Show)
Malcolm Fowler of Birmingham Law Society interviewed to offer an expert insight about the matters will be taken into consideration when sentencing is passed later today.

Ed Balls: Those who failed Khyra will be held to account (Birmingham Mail)
The Children's Secretary has said there will be no “cover up” of any failings within Birmingham's children's social services department in relation to the Khyra Ishaq case. Mr Balls added that he felt a public inquiry was not appropriate because he expects a full executive summary of a Serious Case Review to be published as soon as possible.

Thumbs-up for council to build 100 new homes (Birmingham Mail)
Proposals to build new homes on five sites across Birmingham have been approved by the council's planning committee.

Survival kit every home should have (Birmingham Mail)
The Birmingham Resilience Team has issued guidelines to residents that outline what items should be kept in a kit should an emergency such as a natural disaster ever occur. Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted as saying the kits are a common sense measure.

Clamper penalties 'without any bite' (Birmingham Mail)
A scheme proposed by the British Parking Association to bring cowboy clampers to account with a penalty points system has been critcised as lacking teeth by Cllr Neil Eustace, chairman of the council's Public Protection Committee.

Pension shortfall (Express and Star)
Coverage of a report published by the Taxpayers' Alliance that revealed that the city council has the largest pension deficit nationally - but the article does state that the council's shortfall has been reduced year on year.

Regional Headlines

Further coverage of the threat to 150 white collar jobs at Cadbury (Birmingham Mail)

National Headlines

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing to be questioned by the Iraq inquiry over his role in the build up to war and its aftermath.

Police in Pakistan have said they are confident a five-year-old British boy kidnapped at gunpoint will be freed within hours.

Members of Parliament will get a 1.5 per cent pay rise of nearly £1,000 from 1 April, taking their basic salary to £65,737 a year.

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