Media Watch – April 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council left facing huge bill after High Court rap (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham City Council is facing a £100,000 legal bill after being rapped by a High Court judge for taking funding from 13 voluntary groups.

Setting a gold standard for improvement (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council has proved that transformational change in the public sector is possible.

Pupils record top marks in exam results (Birmingham Mail) GCSE rates in Birmingham have hit a five-year high, according to Government figures.

Hoard expert tours a hit (Birmingham Mail) Guided tours offering a closer look at the Staffordshire Hoard have proved a huge hit and are selling out fast.

Birmingham Carnival could return to Handsworth Park (BBC WM)

Fury at £1m spent on 3 consultants (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council was accused of presiding over a ‘disgusting’ waste of money after spending more than £1 million on three consultants.

Praise for city parks service (Birmingham Mail) A reorganisation of Birmingham City Council’s parks service, which has increased efficiency and saved an estimated £1.3 million a year has been highly commended in a national award scheme.

Weapons seized from loan sharks (BBC Newsbeat) A member of the new task force set up to target loan sharks shows Newsbeat some of the weapons it has seized from offenders.

Regional Headlines

Handsworth murder victim’s TV and mobile phone missing
Murder police are appealing for help in tracing a missing mobile phone and plasma TV taken from the home of a man found stabbed to death in Birmingham.

Clarke announces privatisation of Birmingham prison
Birmingham and Featherstone Prisons are to be run by G4S and Doncaster Prison by Serco, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has told MPs.

National Headlines

Gaddafi’s envoy ‘visited London’
A Libyan envoy representing Col Muammar Gaddafi has been in London in the past few days for talks with British officials, the BBC has learnt.

Stockwell shooting: Man, 19, held over attack on girl
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a five-year-old girl who was shot in a shop in south London.

Ad campaign to raise awareness of voting referendum
An advertising campaign to raise awareness of next month’s referendum on how MPs are elected is beginning.

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