Media Watch – Sept 12

By on 12/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham Leader tackles youth unemployment (BBC WM) With the latest unemployment figures due out later this morning, Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, is bringing together key players from business, education, the third sector and national experts to tackle the city's youth unemployment.

Welfare reforms may cause 'social meltdown' (Chamberlain Files) Cataclysmic predictions about the impact that Government reforms to the welfare state will have on low income families have been made by the chief executive of Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau. The CAB chief was giving evidence to a council scrutiny inquiry into the impact of welfare reform.

Surprise check on children’s social services (Birmingham Mail, Chamberlain Files) Ofsted inspectors have begun an unannounced spot check of Birmingham City Council’s children’s social services department.

‘Drugs haven’ pub is closed (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham pub has been closed down after police described it as a haven for drug dealers. City Council licensing chiefs were told cops had been called to The Barrel in Handsworth on a daily basis before the latest drugs raid this summer.

Halal group backs police raids to tackle 'huge problem' (Food Manufacture) A halal certifying body has warned of the “huge problem” of bogus halal meat facing ethnic and other consumers, while offering support for police and Birmingham City Council Trading Standards' raids on halal meat wholesalers.

Regional Headlines

Chute baby pair still questioned
Police get more time to question a couple held after a baby girl was found badly injured at the bottom of a rubbish chute.

West Midlands disability hate crimes go ‘unreported’
Two disability hate crimes are being investigated by West Midlands Police amid fears other similar cases continue to go unreported.

Police and crime commissioner elections: West Midlands
On 15 November, 37 police and crime commissioners will be elected in England along with four in Wales.

National Headlines

Hillsborough files to be released
Previously unseen government papers about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that led to the deaths of 96 football fans will be released to the public later.

Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob quits blaming ‘breakdown in trust’
Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob has resigned and quit the party, blaming a “breakdown in trust” at senior levels.

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