Media Watch – September 30

By on 30/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Time for councils to be given more devolved powers? (BBC R4, The World Tonight): Council Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed calling for greater powers for local government.

Cities join forces for investment over HS2 (Birmingham Mail): Report on the joint letter from Birmingham and Nottingham councils lobbying the Government for greater funding and backing of transport projects, to ensure the Midlands takes full advantage of HS2. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Birmingham three-year-olds have some of Britain’s healthiest teeth – thanks to fluoride in city’s water (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s children have some of the best teeth in the UK - thanks to the fluoride in the city's water. Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

Project to ward off loan sharks (Birmingham Mail): The England Illegal Money Lending Team are working with Age Concern Birmingham, training their staff and volunteers on how best to advise service users on financial matters, including the dangers of loan sharks.

Suburb ban for yobs who brought terror to streets (Birmingham Mail): Report on anti-social behaviour injunctions served on four youths, who have been banned from parts of Northfield.

Top awards for charity helpers (Birmingham Mail): Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah presented one of the awards at Focus Birmingham's event to recognise its volunteers at the Hippodrome.

Regional headlines

Emmanuel Akinmuiwa, 7, died after staff at Heartlands Hospital “missed opportunities” to save his life, an inquest at Birmingham Coroner's Court was told.

Yardleys School in Reddings Lane, Tyseley is closed for a second day following a blaze at a neighbouring factory.

National headlines

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce that everyone in England will be able to access GP services seven-days a week by 2020.

Home Secretary Theresa May is set to announce that a future Conservative government would seek new powers to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of “harmful” individuals, later today.

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