Media Watch – October 21

By on 21/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council abandons rationing plans (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council has conceded defeat over controversial plans to raise the eligibility criteria to ‘critical’ for care services targeted at vulnerable adults.

Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines defends standards of council housing in Birmingham (BBC WM) Responding to figures that show 650 council homes across the city have not reached Decent Homes standards, Cllr Lines pointed out that over 99 per cent of Birmingham City Council homes have met the standard – easily exceeding the government target of 95 per cent. He added the target is of course 100 per cent.

Birmingham financial status matches that of US (Local Government Chronicle, Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council secured the best possible credit rating from agency Moody;s at AAA.

Are we willing to pay the price for self-sufficiency? (Local Government Chronicle) Stephen Hughes, the chief executive of Britain’s biggest local authority, has advised the government on reforming the local government finance system.

Whitby to help Kraft Chicago links (Insider Daily) The leader of Birmingham City Council is set to meet with senior management at Kraft Foods as part of a delegation visit to Chicago.

New fears for social services (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Cadbury jobs fight at top of US agenda (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Councillor’s charity run (Birmingham Mail) Perry Barr councillor Karen Hamilton will be raising cash for the British Lung Foundation this weekend at the Birmingham half marathon.

Regional Headlines

Funeral of cancer fundraising boy
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of an 11-year-old Birmingham boy who died after raising more than £500,000 for cancer research.

Occupy ‘anti-greed’ protesters camp in Birmingham square
Occupy protesters said they wanted to make people aware they did not have to accept corporate greed People protesting about “corporate greed” and the world financial crisis have set up a camp in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Watchdog  to probe undercover case
An independent police inquiry is to be launched after the BBC reveals claims an undercover officer underwent a criminal trial using his operational alias.

Police knew of Milly phone hack
Surrey Police knew Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked by someone working for the News of the World in 2002, says the force’s chief constable.

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