Media Watch – August 15

By on 15/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

City MP in call to scrap 'garden tax' (Birmingham Mail and BBC Radio WM): MP Steve McCabe is calling for the council to rethink its chargeable green waste service.

Council's Bore seeks £50k chief of staff (Birmingham Mail): Report stating details of the new chief of staff post, which was advertised internally this week.

Trojan Horse 'has harmed cohesion' (Birmingham Mail): Report based on a new Birmingham City University study, that claims the Trojan Horse investigations caused 'serious harm to community cohesion' in parts of the region.

Daughter's fight to care for dying mother at home (Birmingham Mail): Report on claims that social services are refusing to look after Jean Rainey after she was discharged from Good Hope Hospital in April. A council spokesperson is quoted.

Alpha Tower safe from threat of demolition (Birmingham Mail): English Heritage has granted protected status to the 28-story office block, which has been largely empty since council staff moved out in 2010.

NEC sale complete by the end of the year, say bosses (Solihull News): Bosses of the NEC Group have said they expect the sale of the NEC, ICC and NIA to be completed by the end of this year.

Birmingham binmen and cleaners on week's second strike (BBC Online): Report states that refuse collectors and street cleaners take part in a second day of industrial action over pay and conditions today.

Regional headlines

Man dies after being pulled out of Grand Union canal in Acocks Green last night.

Police have arrested two people in Birmingham in connection with the disappearance of three brothers from their Sunderland foster home on Monday evening.

National headlines

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have agreed that the UK will “consider positively” any request for military equipment from Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

Police search Sir Cliff Richard's home in Berkshire, in light of allegations of a historical sexual assault involving a boy under 16 in the 1980s.  Sir Cliff has said the claims are “completely false.”

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