Media Watch – September 29

By on 29/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cheaper gas bills for city families (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is aiming to slash residents’ gas and electric bills by setting up its own energy company.

School places withdrawn as parents lie in application forms (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has taken school places off eight pupils who were due to start new schools this month after discovering parents lied on their application forms.

Free gym sessions save NHS millions (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Be active scheme will save the taxpayer £21 for every £1 spent according to a study by experts.

Why we’re restructuring children’s services in Birmingham (Guardian) Eleanor Brazil, Birmingham City Council’s Transitional Strategic Director – Children, Young People & Families, explains why the authority is committed to making ‘fundamental’ changes.

Frankfurt Market back to cheer Brum (Birmingham Mail, BIrmingham Post) Birmingham may be enjoying an Indian summer but – in a sure sign that the festive season is not far away – the opening dates for this year’s Frankfurt Christmas Market have been revealed.

Tories are ‘not serious’ about black candidates (Birmingham Post) The all-white composition of Birmingham City Council’s Conservative group will be criticised in court by a black businessman who claims his political career was cut short because of the colour of his skin. The allegations are vigorously denied by the Conservative Party.

Top judge was ‘duped’ by parents in abuse case (Birmingham Post) A top family judge who had criticised Birmingham social workers for removing children from their parents has admitted he was wrong and that he had been tricked by a lying couple.

Council rethink on legal advice (Birmingham Post) A series of costly court cases has forced Birmingham City Council to rethink the way senior officers and politicians are given advice by their legal, HR and finance teams.

Menacing loan shark is jailed (Birmingham Mail) A loan shark who drove struggling Midlands families to despair with her crippling interest rates and massive fines for missed payments has been jailed for three years and nine months. Sarah Dixon of Cannock Rd, Wednesfield was jailed after an investigation by the Birmingham City Council based Illegal Money Lending Team.

Now keeping fit has its own sweet rewards (Birmingham Mail) The latest bid to get Brummies ti fight the flab will give Nectar reward points to those signing up for sessions at a city leisure centre.

14,000 council jobs axed in two years (Birmingham Post) More than 14,000 jobs have been lost at Birmingham City Council in the past two-and-a-half years.

Sunday parking charge go ahead (Birmingham Post) Plans to charge for on-street parking in Birmingham city centre in the early evening and on Sundays have been approved.

Design guru labels city’s new library a ‘lampshade’ (Birmingham Post) TV architect Kevin McCloud has mixed views about Birmingham’s architecture.

Chamber secures funds for business start-ups (Chamberlink) Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has secured £590,000 of funding over the next three years to help people living in poorer parts of the city start up in business. The funding is for a project being carried out in partnership with Birmingham City Council’s ‘Enterprising Communities’ initiative.

Bouncing bonanza (Chamberlink) Hundreds of gymnasts will be descending on (and ascending in) Birmingham in November as the Trampolining and Tumbling World Championships takes place at the National Indoor Arena.

Regional Headlines

Delays on M42 after lorry crash
Drivers face delays in the rush hour on the M42 motorway after a lorry hit the central reservation, leaking 450 litres of fuel.

MP’s wife ‘tried to return cat’
The wife of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming tells a court she tried to return a cat she is accused of stealing from her husband’s mistress.

National Headlines

Emergency patients ‘put at risk’
Leading surgeons say thousands of NHS patients needing emergency non-cardiac surgery are having their lives put at risk because of poor care and delays in treatment.

Clegg urging EU unity amid crisis
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to urge European governments to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” in the face of the eurozone crisis.

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