Media watch – October 3

By on 03/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Keanu Williams Serious Case review to be published today (BBC WM)The multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board today publishes a serious case review into the death of Keanu Williams.

Taxpayers fund £58k-a-day profits for city services firm (Birmingham Post) Call for Capita contract for Service Birmingham to be scrapped following increase in pre-tax profits. Cllrs Clancy and Henley quoted.

Closure of city libraries 'a possibility' says leader (Birmingham Post) Libraries across Birmingham are at risk of being shut down amid swingeing cuts, the city council has admitted for the first time. The council's leadership has ordered a review of all community services. Leader, Cllrs Jones, Tilsley quoted.

City does it in style (Birmingham Post) City centre retailers enjoyed a boost after the sell-out Style Birmingham Live saw a 35 per cent rise in visitors, according to Retail Birmingham.

Plug-in point boost for city (Birmingham Post, Mail) Birmingham's drive to go green has been boosted with 36 new electric car charging points. Cllr McKay quoted.

Two more for BIDs capital (Birmingham Post) Businesses in Sparkbrook & Springfield and Soho Rd have voted in favour of setting up new business improvement districts.

Ex-solicitor appointed as city's ninth coroner in 170 years (Birmingham Post) Former city solicitor Louise Hunt appointed as the new senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull.

Council offices are a winner (Birmingham Post) The council's Woodcock Street offices have been awarded the British Council for Offices National Award for Best Corporate Workplace.

Less cutting cuts costs (Birmingham Mail) The council is set to lay slow-growing turf in a bid to save money on mowing costs.

Brum fights back to stop scourge of payday loans (Birmingham Post) A campaign against illegal money lenders and legal high interest lenders launched, including a new loans service, Birmingham Fair Money. Cllr Cotton quoted.

Regional Headlines

A garden in memory of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death on a bus is to be opened later.

A man is arrested following a carjacking which was interrupted by a 13-year-old boy.

National Headlines

The GP system in England is facing a “catastrophe” because of cuts in funding that represent a £400m drop in real terms, doctors’ leaders warn.

Payday lenders might be forced to place “risk warnings” on adverts to advise about the dangers of debt, under a package of reforms proposed by the regulator.


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