Media Watch – Nov 19

By on 19/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Children's Services discussion (BBC WM)  Cllr Brigid Jones, cabinet member children and family Services, appeared on the Adrian Goldberg show, discussing issues around the future of children's services in the city.

 Boiler firm walks away from deal (Birmingham Mail) Morrison Ltd has sub-contracted the rest of its five-year deal to maintain gas boilers in 22,000 south Birmingham homes. Cllr O'Shea quoted.

 Council must pay £1500 for anti-social neighbour (Birmingham Mail) City council fined after placing a tenant with a history of anti-social behaviour next to a resident.

Council houses to be built on land meant for heroes (Birmingham Mail) Cllr John Lines branded Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills 'a disgrace' after a decision to build council houses on land previously set aside for wounded ex-servicemen's properties was rubber-stamped yesterday. A council statement said the authority announced in September it would build 60 Homes for Heroes in Longbridge and Kings Norton and that the land in question had not been set aside for ex-servicemen homes. The statement continued: “The 12 homes built by the previous administration used funding from the Alderson Trust. There was no commitment to build homes at Loftus Close without the continued support of the Trust, and unfortunately they do not have the finances to do this. However, through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust we are providing much-needed social housing for this area on that site.”

 £250k boost for walking projects (Birmingham Mail) The council has been handed a Dept of Health grant to encourage inner city residents to walk more. Cllr Bedser quoted.

 Construction jobs get £1m booster (Birmingham Mail) The council has helped to launch the Building Jobs in Greater Birmingham Fund to support investment in building and jobs for 16 to 24-yr-olds in the city. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Glam rocker Noddy Holder is to be awarded the freedom of Walsall, where he was born and brought up.

 A man wrongly imprisoned over the Birmingham pub bombings says he has handed over his material from the case to help the victims’ families.

 National Headlines:

Hospitals in England will be made to publish monthly details of whether they have enough nurses working on their wards, from next April.

 Devon councils have taken legal action against councillors nine times in the past four years over non-payment of council tax, it emerges.

 A man whose body was found in a well had been tied up and had been in there for about two years, according to the Met Police.

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