Media Watch – Oct 22

By on 22/10/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Children’s homes to be run by firm (BBC online) Five children’s homes will be run by the private sector according to plans by the city council. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted saying the homes will be moved to specialist, dedicated agencies

Ever-changing China (Midlands Business Insider) Sir Albert Bore quoted in a business feature on the country, saying it is vital Birmingham has direct links via direct flights with one of the world’s biggest markets

Schoolkids urged to get on their bikes after £180k training (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM) Schoolchildren in Birmingham are being urged to sign up for free bicycle training courtesy of the city council. Cllr James McKay quoted and interviewed

Call for more powers (Railwatch) Birmingham City Council referenced in article about 14 local authority leaders calling on the transport secretary to grant powers to award rail franchises

60 years as a teacher is all Greek to me (Birmingham Mail) A retired Birmingham teacher has been awarded the British Empire Medal for dedicating six decades to teaching Greek. Deputy Lord Mayor John Lines attended a ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Regional Headlines:

Concerns raised over UK use of drones – he use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising “significant safety, security, and privacy concerns”, a University of Birmingham report says

Driver dies in police car collision – A van driver dies in a crash in Coseley involving a police car in the West Midlands

National Headlines:

UK ‘not deporting enough criminals’ – The UK’s spending watchdog criticises ministers for failing to deport more foreign national offenders – saying performance has barely improved over eight years

GPs to get £55 for dementia diagnoses – Doctors in England will be paid £55 every time they diagnose dementia, health chiefs say, but the scheme is criticised by a patients’ group

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