Media Watch – Monday 29 March

By on 29/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Child abuse cases at record levels (Birmingham Mail)
Social workers expect 27000 alleged child abuse reports in 2009/10 - a 50% rise on previous year  – putting pressure on department with high vacancy rates.

Bev backing Brum's 'City of Culture' bid (Birmingham Mail)
Soul singer is latest star to officially back the bid for UK City of Culture  following Cameron Mackintosh last week.

£17m Bid to boost jobs (Birmingham Mail)
Government provides further Future Jobs Fund money to Birmingham - which will see a further 1750 apprentice jobs created.

Unfit single mother of 10 costs taxpayer £2.5m (Sunday Times)
Feature on 33-year-old Birmingham woman who has had 10 children, all taken into care/adoption by Birmingham City Council. She says she will keep on having children.

Honesty the best policy, says children's boss (Birmingham Mail)
Speaking at scrutiny committee, Cllr Lawrence defends the decision to announce publicly in a radio interview that six members of staff had been sacked in children's services during past 12 months.

Parents call for nursery re-think (Birmingham Mail)
Parents of children at Reameadow Nursery, Stirchley, beg council not to close it down. Council says it is yet to decided future, with a decision expected late in April.

Companies chip in the save city golf (Birmingham Mail)
City's seven loss making golf courses could be leased to a private operator from July, with significant level of interest already been expressed by potential investors.

Voters cross over blunder (Birmingham Mail)
60,000 postal ballot cards have to be re-issued after originals had wrong year (2009) printed on them. Council admits the error occurs at the printing stage and says it is in discussion with its printer over who is liable for any costs incurred.

Sex attacker is housed in victim's flats (Sunday Mercury)
Housing tenant said to be in fear after the man found guilty of sexually assaulting her is allowed to move back to his flat in same tower block as her, after leaving bail hostel. Council says it is working with the tenant as a matter of urgency to resolve the situation.

Cancer sufferer rehomed at last (Sunday Mercury)
Terminally ill cancer sufferer who has been fighting to move home to a more suitable property with wheelchair access has be rehomed - after Sunday Mercury took up his plight.


Regional Headlines:

Jag may keep Solihull and Castle Brom
Tata understood to be reconsidering previous plans to close one of their two local plants.

National Headlines:

Suicide bombings hit Moscow Metro

Tories pledge to reverse Government changes to National Insurance

Resignation of drugs advisor could delay ban on 'legal high' drugs


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