Media Watch – Oct 16

By on 16/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Wilshaw’s tough message on child protection services (widespread coverage) “Manifestly and palpably weak” leadership and a high turnover of directors are undermining efforts to improve children’s services in England, says Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. There are 20 local authorities rated as inadequate for protecting children. Sir Michael branded Birmingham as an example of bad practice, which he called a “national disgrace”.

Council tenants hit by bedroom tax ‘farm out rooms to drug gangs’ (Birmingham Mail) Desperate council tenants hit by the 'bedroom tax' are renting out spare rooms to criminal gangs to grow cannabis, it has been claimed.

Birmingham sexual health services under review (Free Radio) Improved support for people vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation, a further reduction in teenage pregnancies and fewer Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are among the key aims of a major review of sexual health services in Birmingham. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed.

Veteran campaigners march to Houses of Parliament in bid to save historic Brum regiment (Birmingham Mail) Former Lord Mayor, Cllr John Lines joined hundreds of veteran army campaigners as they marched from Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament and handed in a 20,000 name petition to the government at Downing Street.

From smoker to runner thanks to Be Active (www.menafn.com) Former 20-a-day smoker Cllr Steve Bedser will run his fifth half marathon of the year next weekend — thanks to Birmingham’s multi-award winning Be Active scheme.

Regional Headlines

Bullring funeral for stabbed rapper
The funeral of a Birmingham rapper stabbed after attending a fundraising event for another stab victim takes place later.

First tram from £40m fleet unveiled
The first of 20 new trams for Birmingham costing £40m in total is due to be officially unveiled later.

National Headlines

‘Plebgate’ fallout row intensifies
Three police chiefs are refusing to back down after criticism by the home secretary for not disciplining officers accused of trying to discredit ex-minister Andrew Mitchell.

Mental health services ‘in crisis’
The mental health service in England is in crisis, says a leading psychiatrist, as a BBC investigation finds acute beds closing and bed occupancy at 100% in some areas.

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