Media Watch – Sept 19

By on 19/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City firms face tax on car parking (Birmingham Post) Businesses could face paying almost £300 for every staff car parking space under radical plans from Birmingham City Council. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Social workers ‘poached’ (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Social workers are being poached from under-pressure Birmingham City Council by other local authorities which are offering £10,000 ‘golden hellos’. Quotes Cllrs Brigid Jones and James Bird.

Margaret is the poster girl for city’s Rugby World Cup games (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Preparations for Birmingham to host key games at the next Rugby World Cup have got underway with the installation of special posts in the city.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Accolades for top apprentices (Birmingham Post) Apprentices and employers from across the West Midlands will be celebrated on Monday when the regional winners of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 will be revealed in a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Council House in Birmingham.

Lantern ban backed after £6m inferno (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBCWM, BBC news) Council licensing chiefs have voted to back any ban on Chinese lanterns after one sparked a huge Midlands fire. Quotes Cllrs Lynda Clinton and Rob Sealey.

Council to help slash energy bills (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has revealed plans to enter the energy market to deliver cut-price fuel to residents and businesses.

Minister praises school’s results (Birmingham Mail) Waverley ranked in top performing places in country.  Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

The bereavement support helps me because it seems easier to open up to strangers (Birmingham Mail) Charity Age Concern’s ‘lifeline’ service under threat amind birmingham City Council cuts. 

Linda Hindle of Public Health talking about obesity (BBCWM)

Drunk tanks – the health implications of binge drinking (BBC R5Live) Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about the public health implications of binge drinking and Birmingham’s recent decision to withdraw support for the Government’s Responsibility Deal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b039x2wf/Victoria_Derbyshire_18_09_2013/?t=70m25s

Regional Headlines:

Teenager charged with fatal stabbing  
A teenager is charged with murder after the fatal stabbing of a college student in Birmingham.

Man pleads guilty to jail van escape
A man from Tipton charged with murder pleads guilty to escaping from a prison van on the way to court.

Digbeth stabbings: Two men treated in hospital
Two men have been treated in a Birmingham hospital for stab wounds.

National Headlines:

Rescue plan for failing hospitals
Managers from top-performing NHS hospitals are to be sent into failing ones in England to try to turn them around, with bonus payments for success.

Assad: ‘One year to destroy weapons’
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says he is committed to destroying his country’s chemical weapons but it will take about a year to do so.

Egyptian forces clash with militants
Egyptian security forces clash with militants in a major operation in a town outside Cairo, where 11 police were killed last month.

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