Media Watch – November 5

By on 05/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Baby twins die after paramedics get locked out of flat (local and national coverage): The family of Jocelyn Bennett, who remains in a coma, switched off the life support machine keeping her newborn twin daughters alive. Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Birmingham may get an elected mayor (BBC News and BBC WM): Report based on comments made by Chancellor George Osborne that discussions should take place in Birmingham on the potential merits of the city mayor model after Greater Manchester’s 10 councils agreed to the creation of a ‘metro-mayor’.

Trapped in my home by two wheelie bins that I never wanted (Birmingham Post online): Story on a 77-year-old woman with mobility problems who claims two new wheelie bins are blocking the walkway into her Tyseley home.

Yardleys school is reopened (Birmingham Mail): Story on pupils returning to Yardleys School in Tyseley after a fire at a neighbouring warehouse closed it for five weeks.

Birmingham heritage fears with one official overseeing historic gems (Birmingham Post): Victorian Society claims city’s historic landmarks may be lost to disrepair if urgent action isn’t taken to recruit at least one more conservation officer.

Brum set for takeover by the military! (Birmingham Mail): Article on Poppy Day with armed forces personnel and volunteers gathering in Birmingham for a day of remembrance events. Lord Mayor Shafique Shah is due to attend.

Early warning obesity machines (Birmingham Mail): Ten hi-tech health monitors have been set up across the city to measure body mass index, height and blood pressure, which may provide early warnings for heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Regional headlines

West Midlands Police has revealed 210 children are at risk of sexual exploitation -  as it launched a major review of abuse cases from the last five years.

West Midlands Fire Service is operating with just one third of its normal resources as the firefighters’ strike over pensions reaches its fourth and final day.

National headlines

EU migrants contribute more to the UK in taxes than they receive in benefits and services, according to report by University College London which found they contributed £4.4bn to the UK economy between 1995 and 2011.

Around 80 per cent of people in England support having more powers devolved to local areas, according to a poll on devolution commissioned by the BBC.

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