Media Watch – Jan 31

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

School academies pose threat to city council leisure centres (B’ham Post) Feature about how up to 12 city council – owned leisure centres could be facing the axe due to budget cuts. A spokesman for Birmingham City Council (BCC) said: “The Sport and Leisure service in Birmingham is key to delivering healthy lifestyles and quality of life to the citizens of Birmingham.”

450 schools have reserves of 90 million (B’ham Post) Birmingham’s 450 schools are sitting on cash reserves totalling more than 90 million, sparking an enquiry by the council’s education scrutiny committee.

Tacking fraud ‘would pay for council tax rises’ (B’ham Post) Local authorise planning to increase council taxes could raise the same money “in a couple of weeks” if they cut back on Fraud and error ministers said.  BCC has carried out a consultation on increasing council tax by 1.64 per cent.

Finally, an answer to the poser what makes a Brummie? (B’ham Post) Piece about the report commonly known as What makes a Brummie?  The city council’s cabinet has agreed on some of the recommendations from the report.

‘Death Tax’ plans bite the dust (b’ham Mail) Death tax plans to charge £20 per body at the BCC mortuary have been dropped after it emerged it would cost more than it would raise. A BCC spokesman said: “The charge has been withdrawn.  We are now looking at the funding issue again.”

Student engagement (Local Authority Waste and Recycling) Feature about a former waste officer at BCC who has been working with local students to improve Waste and Recycling in Selly Oak.

Regional Headlines
Redhill School in Stourbridge closed in teacher strikes
A school is closed to pupils during the first day of three planned strikes by teachers opposed to plans to turn it into an academy.

Man ‘critical’ and two held after Bordesley Green hit and run
A man and a woman have been arrested in Birmingham after a hit and run in which a man was severely injured.

National Headlines
‘Millions of low-income households’ face council tax rise
Millions of the poorest households face council tax rises because most councils in England will pass on a 10% benefit funding cut, research suggests.

Family quits Bingham after anti-Muslim attacks
A Muslim family say they have been forced to move from their home after offensive graffiti and a cross wrapped in ham were left outside their house.

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