Media Watch – November 8

By on 08/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Record numbers of councils ‘are failing children’ (Times) Fifteen councils in England are failing to protect children from neglect and abuse, according to Ofsted.

Winterval correction (Daily Mail) We stated in an article on 26 September that Christmas has been renamed in various places Winterval. Winterval was the collective name for a season of public events, both religious and secular, which took place in Birmingham in 1997 and 1998. We are happy to make clear that Winterval did not rename or replace Christmas.

6,600 kids ‘re full-time carers’ (Birmingham Mail) At least 6,600 children in Birmingham act as full time carers for their parents or relatives, according to shocking new figures. Council social services bosses are increasingly concerned about pressure placed on young people who have to juggle caring duties with schoolwork.

All clear for park pools (Birmingham Mail) Two previously polluted pools in Sutton Park have been given the all-clear by experts.

BNP letter defends banned city family (Birmingham Mail) A family which has had four members slapped with banning orders has claimed they are the victims – in leaflets delivered to the neighbours by the British National Party.

Playing field housing plan triggers protest (Birmingham Mail) An attempt to build a housing estate on disused Birmingham playing fields (Goosemoor Lane, Erdington) has infuriated local residents.

Birmingham Hajj pilgrimage ‘travel agents’ raided (Trading Standards Today) Trading standards officers have swooped on Birmingham travel agents in a probe over Muslims being ripped off when booking religious pilgrimages.

Figure was inaccurate (Birmingham Mail) Letter from Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes correcting inaccurate reports that claimed 24 per cent of council workers had been sacked.

Lost in Lace (Travel GB) This new exhibition sees 20 leading artists take over the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Regional Headlines

MPs back HS2 high-speed rail link
There is a “good case” for the government’s HS2 high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham and beyond, a committee of MPs says. 46

Police introduce new 101 number
Four police forces in the West Midlands have introduced a new 101 number for non-emergency calls.

Girl, 13, hit and killed by lorry
A 13-year-old girl is killed when she is struck by a lorry in Birmingham.

National Headlines

May faces more border questions
The home secretary is expected to face further questions about the UK Border Agency when she appears before a committee of MPs later.

Lloyds hit by cost of PPI claims
Lloyds Banking Group reports a £3.9bn nine-month loss, mainly due to the cost of settling payment protection insurance claims.

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