Media Watch – October 18

By on 18/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Warning for family of TV repair conman (Birmingham Mail) Two more relatives of Birmingham’s most notorious television repair conman have been caught out ripping off customers.

Protests over care threats (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Worried parents have launched a campaign to protect a care home for disabled children from council cuts.

Legend Haile ‘coming home’ for Brum run (Birmingham Mail) Running legend Haile Gebrselassie said returning to Birmingham would be ‘something special’ having achieved so much in the city during his career. The Ethiopian superstar is taking part in Sunday’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

Meetings over huge council budget cuts (Birmingham Mail) A pledge to consult the people of Birmingham over cuts to council services and spending is being followed up with a series of meetings.

Helpers call to fight the loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) People are being urged to help stop friends and relatives from becoming the victims of loan sharks. The Birmingham City Council based Illegal Money Lending Team is searching for volunteers to become community advocates.

Birmingham City Council launches social work academy (Social Care Network) Birmingham City Council has launched a social work academy for all social workers and those linked to the profession.

Laced in (Arts Industry) Next week the first exhibition ever to explore the qualities and possibilities of lace opens at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

A45 gets £2.7m refurb (Motor Transport) Hauliers delivering to Birmingham city centre are set to benefit from a £2.7 million investment to improve one of the area’s major commuter routes, the A45 Coventry Road.

Birmingham council A-rated by two credit ratings agencies (Inside Housing) Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s  has said that it ‘constrained’ the rating of Birmingham City Council because of the additional debt burden it will take on as a result of the reform of the housing revenue account.

Midland Heart fined for death (Inside Housing) In a prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council, a housing association has been fined £100,000 after two separate scalding incidents in hostels it runs resulted in one man’s death and injuries to another.

Regional Headlines

Call for advanced IT in hospitals
Some 16,000 deaths a year in England could be prevented by using advanced information technology in NHS hospitals, a report by University Hospitals Birmingham says.

Bid to ban cash for scrap metal
Cash payments by scrapyards need to be banned according to a Midlands council which has started an e-petition to get a debate in parliament.

National Headlines

Liam Fox ‘broke ministerial code’
Ex-Defence Secretary Liam Fox broke the ministerial code in his dealings with Adam Werritty, but did not gain financially, an official report is expected to say.

‘No warning’ as GPs cut patients
Some GPs are striking badly behaved patients off practice lists without the warning required by the NHS, the Health Service Ombudsman says.

Hillsborough files to be released
Ministers should release all government documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster, MPs agree following a debate in the House of Commons.

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