Media Watch – April 15

By on 15/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council’s £100k academies bill (Birmingham Mail) A drive to transform schools into academies has cost Birmingham City Council £100,000 has its staff deal with applications, the authority’s education chief has revealed.

New fears over safety of kids (Birmingham Mail) A fresh child safety alert has been issued in Birmingham amid concerns that officials charged with preventing more Khyra Ishaq-style tragedies are still not working together closely enough.

Push for curb on takeaways (Birmingham Mail) Traders and residents are calling for new limits on takeaways on a Birmingham on a Birmingham high street because they fear their shopping parade is at risk.

Colman Getty in Birmingham library win (PR Week) Colman Getty is set to be appointed by Birmingham City Council to support the £189m Library of Birmingham project.

Burstow unveils six new social work practice pilots (Local Government Chronicle) Care services minister Paul Burstow gave the green light for six independent teams of social workers in adult social services – including Birmingham City Council.

High Court ruling against Birmingham welcomed (Municipal Journal) Advice UK has welcomed the High Court’s ruling that Birmingham City Council’s decision to cut funding for 13 charities was unlawful.

New MG takes to the streets (Birmingham Mail) New MG dealers from Eastbourne to Newcastle joined a special convoy to Birmingham city centre – launching Longbridge’s biggest sales drive for years. They were greeted by Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby.

Regional Headlines

£3.6m to improve Walsall’s school buildings
More than 20 primary and secondary schools in Walsall are to share in a £3.6m investment for their buildings.

Birmingham men ‘released by kidnappers in Pakistan’
Two Birmingham men who were kidnapped while visiting Pakistan have been freed, family members have said.

West Midlands genetic scientists ‘to lose jobs’
Eight genetic scientists are among the first hospital employees who will lose their jobs in the West Midlands, the Unison union said.

National Headlines

RAF Typhoon jets ‘grounded owing to spares shortages’
The RAF’s most advanced fighter jets have been grounded owing to shortages of spare parts, MPs have found.

Phone hacking hearing due at High Court
A hearing at the High Court on Friday is to consider the next steps in handling civil cases relating to News of the World phone hacking allegations.

Two more arrested over Stockwell shooting
Police have arrested a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy over a shooting in a shop in which a girl and a man were wounded.

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