Media Watch – Sept 18

By on 18/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

1,500 apprentices appointed in city (Birmingham Mail) More than 1500 apprentices have been created in Birmingham following the introduction of a fund to tackle youth unemployment. Cllr Mike Ward quoted.

Council to bring in new orders to clear dog mess (Birmingham Mail) The council is carrying out a full public consultation on the Dog Control Orders that would be brought in under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.

Golf swinging again in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's new golf course contractor, social enterprise Mytime Active, has pledged to take the sport to new parts of the city to drum up interest and encourage new players. Cllr Ansar Ali Khan quoted.

Junk Free Checkouts campaign (BBC WM, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Nursery World) Public Health Birmingham’s Linda Hindle interviewed about the fight to ban unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts.

Thousands of affordable homes axed (Guardian) Article stating housebuilders and councils in Britain's biggest cities failing to comply with affordable housing targets, and claims that none of Birmingham’s biggest housing developments meet its 35% affordable housing target. Deputy Leader, Cllr Ward quoted.

Drug abuse centre 'is excellent value' (Birmingham Mail) A £1.4m NHS-funded substance misuse centre – Park House, commissioned by Public Health Birmingham - offers excellent value for money, a senior academic has found.

Regional Headlines:

A teenager is arrested over the fatal stabbing of a college student in Birmingham.

A union is to ballot Wolverhampton city council workers over strike action after the authority announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs by 2015.

Extra 50 NHS beds at Sandwell and City Hospitals to cope with winter surge.

National Headlines:

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond will lead a debate at Holyrood exactly a year before voters take part in the Scottish independence referendum.

Senior police officers back the idea of using privately run cells, in which drunks could be locked up and made to pay for their care, to tackle disorder.

Hospitals should publicly display the number of nurses they have on each ward, and whether that figure is high enough, MPs say.

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