Media Watch – Oct 15

By on 15/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly (BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail) Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found. One company (Care 4 U) works with local authorities including Birmingham City Council.

Parents win school place fight for Ella (Birmingham Mail) A mum and dad have won their fight to get their daughter a place at their local primary school – so they can have more time caring for her terminally ill brother.

Green belt building needed to fuel demand (Estates Gazette) A director of one of the UK’s largest councils this week called for building on the green belt if the country’s housing needs are to be met. Birmingham City Council development director Mark Barrow said that a serious debate was needed on using the government-protected green belt to build homes.

City ‘green’ plan brings job boost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new energy saving scheme, which will see thousands of homes fitted with solar panels and insulation, will create 360 jobs, it has been announced.

Birmingham woman who abused dog banned from keeping pets (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham woman who told vets her dog was a stray to cover up the fact she had been abusing it has been banned from keeping animals. Councillor Barbara Dring, chairman of the council's licensing and public protection committee, said: “The way this dog owner has treated this defenceless animal is despicable.

City Centre Cycling Strategy - public input (BrumCityCentre.com) Birmingham City Council Transportation have just started the development of a City Centre Cycling Strategy, to look at the role cycling can play in the city centre within the (Middle) Ring Road, and including crossing points of the Ring Road.

The future of cities (Business Voice) Birmingham City Council’s Mark Barrow quoted in feature looking at the business and infrastructure challenges facing UK cities.

Regional Headlines

Virgin in West Coast route talks
Virgin Trains will be asked to continue to run services on the West Coast Mainline for at least another nine months following the decision to scrap the latest franchise decision.

Three charged over cannabis find at old Birmingham pub
Two men and a 14-year-old boy have been charged with drug and immigration offences after the discovery of cannabis plants in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Three children dead in house fire
Three children and a woman die and three others are in hospital following a house fire in Essex.

Girl shot by Taliban going to UK
The Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week is being flown to the UK for medical treatment, the Pakistani army says.

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