Media Watch – Oct 10

By on 10/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City leader: We’re sorry over the death of Keanu (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Council leader Sir Albert Bore has issued a public apology for the poor performance on children’s social services and vowed to put in the resources necessary to secure improvement. Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Brigid Jones.

Late accounts leave council with £334k auditors bill (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has spent £334,000 to audit fees following delays to its annual accounts.

City chief’s ‘leave me alone’ plea enrages MPs (Birmingham Post) The Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council is locked in a row with furious MPs – after he announced he would no longer respond to their letters.  Quotes Stephen Hughes and council spokesperson.

Petition calling for Sutton to have referendum handed in (Birmingham Post) The people of Sutton Coldfield are another step nearer securing a referendum on seizing local powers after presenting a petition of 10,000 names to Birmingham City Council.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Rob Pocock.

Plea to waive new £35 garden tax (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents will not get free help to collect leaves falling on their gardens from council owned trees it has emerged.  Quotes Cllrs Mike Ward and James McKay.

Children in need ‘being let down by city council’ (Birmingham Mail) Almost one hundred children with special needs in Birmingham have not been found a school place leading to claims that the city council is letting down some of the  most vulnerable youngsters in the city. Quotes Cllrs James Bird and Brigid Jones.

Hall’s future in doubt as buyer quits (Birmingham Mail) The future of one of Birmingham’s historic houses has been thrown back into doubt after a potential buyer withdrew its bid.  Quotes Cllr Michael Brown.

Huge response to green belt houses plan (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,600 organisations and individuals have written to Birmingham City Council over its controversial development plan.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali. 

Debt advice handed out to over 100 (Birmingham Mail) More than 100 people have flocked to a pop-up shop set up last week to tackle pay-day lending.

Regional Headlines:

Church rescued by £5m restoration
A historic church in Birmingham is removed from English Heritage’s At Risk register after it was rescued following a fire.

Funeral for Wolves’ ‘greatest ever’
The funeral is held for Wolves legend Peter Broadbent who died at the age of 80.

Microlight pilot named after fatal Stourton pylon crash
A microlight pilot who was killed when his two-seater aircraft crashed into a pylon in Staffordshire has been named.

National Headlines:

Libyan PM Zeidan seized by armed men
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is seized in the capital, Tripoli, by armed men reportedly belonging to a government-allied militia.

SSE to raise energy prices by 8.2%
SSE customers will see an average 8.2% rise in gas and electricity prices from 15 November, the company has announced.

Discovery ‘may hold Alzheimer’s key’
A chemical which can stop brain cell death in a neurodegenerative disease could hold the key for treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntingdon’s diseases, scientists say.

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