Media Watch – Aug 19

By on 19/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Trojan Horse plot still running warn headteachers (Asian Voice) Five headteachers , who suffered bullying at the hands of hardline Muslim governors in Birmingham, have warned of a second layer of extremists planning to take over state schools in the city.

Soapbox (The Municipal Journal) Piece with Mark Rogers, Chief Executive.

Action over cancer girl's absence (BBC online) The mother of a seven-year-old girl who battled cancer is facing prosecution for not sending her to school.  Quotes BCC spokesperson explaining that no reason was given for the absences.

Benefits cheat told she can repay £20,000 at just £10 per week - over 34 YEARS (Daily Express) Further coverage of case after joint investigation by Birmingham City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.  

Gender pay gap: women bosses earn 35% less than male colleagues (Guardian online) Includes BCC compensation over equal pay claims.

Traders make up for theft of disabled shopper's iPad (Birmingham Mail) Kind-hearted market traders in Birmingham clubbed together to raise money after a disabled customer had her iPad stolen.

Regional Headlines

White Dee slammed as £100k Celeb Big Brother 'sell-out' - Deidre Kelly from Benefits Street has joined the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Solihull A45 bridge to be replaced – A new £12m bridge is to be built in Solihull after £8.3m of government funding was secured.

West Midlands Police injured on duty cost £589,000 in compensation and legal fees – Three officers who were hurt during personal safety training were among 26 injury claims by West Midlands Police staff that cost £589,000 in 2013/14.

National Headlines

Grayling denies prison ‘crisis’  -  Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says the prison service is facing challenges with violence, suicides and staff shortages, but insists it is not in crisis.

White House steps up Ferguson effort – The US attorney general is to travel to the riot-hit town of Ferguson, as the authorities step up efforts to restore calm amid a tense stand-off.

Police ‘breach social media rules’ – Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, an investigation reveals.

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