Media Watch – Nov 1

By on 01/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Care home is fined £60k after 30ft horror plunge (Birmingham Mail) Silver Leaf Care Group has been fined after admitting a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act after a vulnerable woman fell from the second floor of a care home in the city, where window restraints were described as “utterly inadequate”. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted as showing the prosecution shows the council takes such matters seriously.

Science park is cut out of car sharing (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of criticism from Birmingham Science Park tenants that they are not allowed to park in private car parks if they are using the council-backed Car2Go car share scheme.

HS2 negativity is a 'threat to city vision' (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of the calls from Birmingham's business and political leaders for politicians in Westminster to continue backing plans for HS2.

20 is Plenty (Coach & Bus Week) A report on the council's public consultation into the introduction of a 20mph limit for approximately 90 per cent of the city's roads.

Sing While You Work (BBC Music Magazine) Preview of upcoming television programme, featuring a choir from Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham parks’ exercise scheme to be expanded across the city (Horticulture Week) A scheme to offer free physical activities in Birmingham parks will be rolled out across the city after a successful pilot.

Junk-free checkouts back on Government agenda (Sky News, BBC) Public Health Birmingham’s Linda Hindle interviewed about comments from public health minister Jane Ellison on possible action to cut junk food at supermarket checkouts.

Free flu jab to cut council sickness rates (MENAFN.com)
Birmingham City Council staff are being offered free flu jabs this winter in a bid to protect frontline services and cut staff sickness rates.

Regional Headlines

A newborn baby was found abandoned inside a plastic carrier bag and hidden in bushes in Stechford yesterday.

Dudley Council has apologised after an “unforeseen fault” left 6,500 school staff unpaid.

National Headlines

Royal Bank of Scotland says it will not split into separate so-called good and bad banks, as it announces a loss for the third quarter of the year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that in some cases US surveillance has gone too far, as the spying allegations reach Asia.

The Welsh government will get some control over income tax, subject to a referendum, David Cameron is expected to say later today.

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