Media Watch – Nov 14

By on 14/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Peter Hay on Children's Services and Ofsted (Interviewed on BBC WM Breakfast show and Radio 4, covered on BBC national online) All triggered by tonight's programme on Radio 4 - The Report - which looks in-depth at social work in Birmingham.

NEC sale on cards as council's equal pay bill hits £1bn (Birmingham Post. Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council's equal pay bill ripped through the £1 billion barrier leaving little option but to sell some of the local authority's' crown jewels' to settle claims. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward, Lord Mike Whitby and Cllr Barry Henley.

Tenant fears as 'bedroom tax' fund runs dry (Birmingham Post) Council house tenants are £12.5 million in debt in Birmingham - and money set aside to help them pay their rent will run out by Christmas. Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

Big wheel comes round again (Birmingham Post) Festive shoppers will get a seat with a view - as the famous Birmingham Wheel has returned for the 10th time.

German market set to be biggest and best yet (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The biggest German market outside its homeland in the world is read for business - and organisers are expecting it to be one of the most successful yet.  Quotes Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy.

Fury as city history week turns to dust (Birmingham Post)
Senior councillors have been accused of complete apathy after it emerged nothing has been done to set up a Birmingham History Week more than 12 months after it was promised.  Quotes Cllrs Waseem Zaffar, Gareth Moore, John Cotton, and Eva Philips.

Council hits 11,000 drivers with bus lane fines in just 52 days (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) More than 11,000 fines were issued to motorists in just 52 days following the installation of bus lane cameras in Birmingham city centre.  Quotes council spokesperson.

Call for Lord Whitby to step aside as Tory leader (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's Tory leader Lord Mike Whitby has confirmed he will stand down from the city council at next May's local elections. Quotes Lord Whitby.

Regional Headlines:

Takeover threat to failing council Children’s services at Birmingham Council could be taken over by the Department for Education this month if standards do not improve, the BBC learns. (As above - triggered by tonight's programme on Radio 4 - The Report - which looks in depth at social work in Birmingham.)

Christmas market returns to city – A Christmas market that attracts more than four million visitors is returning to Birmingham on Thursday.

National Headlines:
Children’s services takeover warning   – Children’s services at Birmingham Council could be taken over by the Department for Education this month if standards do not improve, the BBC learns. (As above - triggered by tonight's programme on Radio 4 - The Report - which looks in depth at social work in Birmingham.)

US carrier to boost typhoon effort - A US aircraft carrier and its escort ships are due to arrive off the Philippines to help communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Ends.

Tags: , , ,

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Top