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Media Watch – Jan 14

Media Watch – Jan 14

🕔14.Jan 2013

via birminghamnewsroom.com » Media Watch http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/01/media-watch-jan-14-2/ January 14, 2013 at 09:32AM

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham gritters out twice overnight (BBC WM) Eddie Fellows (Amey) interviewed about the overnight gritting operations in Birmingham.

Leisure crime (Birmingham Mail) City leisure centre users have been hit by peeping toms, flashers, assaults, intimidation and anti-social behaviour. Overall in 2012 there were 30 offences reported at council-run leisure facilities across the city.

Third death plunge from city car park (Birmingham Mail) A person has died after plunging from a multi-storey car park in Digbeth – the third death at the city centre site in just seven months. Residents are now demanding Birmingham City Council take action to improve security at Moat Lane Car Park.

City Council’s budget gap is ‘widening’ (Birmingham Mail) The ‘jaws of doom’ budget gap surrounding Birmingham City Council’s finances have widened to £625 million, the Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has revealed.

Driving up taxi standards (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy describes the work being done to keep Brummies safe in city taxis and private hire vehicles.

City bids a fond farewell to Sir Neville (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s political elite joined family, friends and business associates at the funeral service for the former city council leader Sir Neville Bosworth.

Tea room row stirs up council probe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive has ordered an investigation into a decision to evict a family from the tea room (Victorian Tea Room, Kings Heath Park) they have run for almost 20 years.

Bosses angry over health budget delay (Municipal Journal) Town hall bosses have made public their frustration at delays in the announcement of new public health budgets. Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, quoted.

Murder leak staff in clear (Daily Mirror, Sunday Mercury) A social worker will not be disciplined by Birmingham City Council after accidentally leaking information that led to a mom-of-three being murdered.

Response to public health funding announcement (menafn.com) Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, today welcomed an end to the uncertainty over public health funding and set his sights on tackling the city’s long-standing health inequalities.

Fears that ‘bookie belt’ is blighting Birmingham communities (Free Radio, BBC WM) Council chiefs to investigate claims that growing number of gambling businesses are harming shopping centres and spreading addiction. Cabinet member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, Cllr John Cotton, interviewed.

Regional Headlines

Violent crime halved in 10 years
There has been a dramatic reduction in knife and gun deaths over the past decade in the West Midlands, police figures reveal.

Murder charges over Big Issue men
A 23-year-old man charged with murdering two Big Issue sellers who were stabbed in the centre of Birmingham, is due in court later.

National Headlines

New state pension ‘to be simpler’
Details of a flat-rate state pension probably starting in April 2017 and thought to be around the equivalent of £144 today are to be outlined by the government.

Heavier snowfall predicted around UK
A thin layer of snow fell in many parts of England overnight, but forecasters warn that heavier and more widespread snowfall is on its way.

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