Media Watch – October 20

By on 20/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

JFK memorial to rise again in city (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s historic John F Kennedy memorial could take pride of place in the city again after years in storage.

Sorry but you still only get one star (Birmingham Mail) Government inspectors have apologised to Birmingham’s housing department following a report which gave the landlord service one star out of three.

African style show’s boost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s connection to West Africa is to be highlighted in an exhibition of textiles at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that will be curated by city students.

Leftover food box plan for homes (Birmingham Mail) An inquiry into rubbish and waste collection in Birmingham will look at introducing household food boxes, it has emerged.

Suburb set to go booze free (Birmingham Mail) An entire Birmingham suburb (Weoley) could be set to see its streets become alcohol free zones after police revealed a shocking number of crimes fuelled by boozed-up teenagers.

Rogue trader hunt taken to the streets (Birmingham Mail) The hunt for rogue traders bringing misery to the lives of Birmingham residents was taken to the streets as vans and lorries were stopped, building sites visited and workers interviewed.

Birmingham City Council legal team lands NHS contracts worth £9m (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council's legal services department is set to bolster the authority's coffers to the tune of £9 million after winning major NHS legal contracts.

Chicago, Chicago… It’s Mike’s kind of town (Birmingham Post) Safeguarding the jobs of Cadbury’s 2,000 workers in Birmingham and ensuring the city remains at the heart of Kraft’s plans for the chocolate maker will be top of the agenda when Mike Whitby meets top officials at the company next week.

Big Society fails to rescue city project for homeless (Birmingham Post) Claims the Big Society will come to the rescue of cash-strapped public services have been questioned after a project which helps keep 35,000 vulnerable people off Birmingham’s streets had its budget cut by £16.6 million. The Supporting People programme which is funded by Whitehall but administered by Birmingham City Council, will lose a third of its money this year.

New powers to move on travellers at short notice (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council can remove travellers from illegal sites at two hours’ notice under a new policy being adopted.

New concerns over children’s social services (Birmingham Post) The chances of Birmingham’s much-criticised children’s social services department moving out of Government special measures appear remote after Ofsted experts found ‘too much inconsistent practice’ during a snap inspection.

School abandons plans for academy (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham secondary school (Bournville School) has abandoned plans to become an academy following a campaign by staff and parents.

Birmingham Christmas Market Opening Dates Announced (PR.com) Birmingham City Council have announced that their 2011 Frankfurt Christmas market will run between 17 November and 23 December.

Regional Headlines

Police set up ‘gangs’ task force
Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith looks at the issue of gangs in Birmingham and reveals police plans to launch a new task force to tackle the problem.

Dead teenager in YouTube ‘abuse’
The mother of a teenage girl who committed suicide says abusive internet messages following her death are “inhuman”.

National Headlines

UK paid £3m to fraud probe agency
The UK paid more than £3.2m to an aid agency which has ceased operations in the Afghan capital amid fraud allegations, the BBC has learned.

Bailiffs wait to enter Dale Farm
Bailiffs are expected to try to enter the Dale Farm travellers’ site later if the 40ft high scaffolding tower at the entrance can be dismantled and removed.

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