Media Watch – August 2

By on 02/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Academies on hold over £1.3m debts (Birmingham Post) The creation of eight new academy schools in Birmingham has been put on hold after council leaders refused to write off £1.3 million in school debts and raised serious concerns over the lease of buildings to the new institutions.

School for troubles teens could be scuppered by safety concerns (Birmingham Post) Plans to put ‘disengaged’ pupils from a dozen secondary schools in a disused office block could be scuppered on health and safety grounds.

Edwardian pub faces demolition (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A well known city pub (King Edward VII) has been earmarked for demolition for the second time in a decade.

Freedom of Information could come at a price (Birmingham Post) Councils should be allowed to charge to provide information to the public following a dramatic increase in Freedom of Information requests, Birmingham City Council has suggested.

Contract dispute avoided with Service Birmingham (Birmingham Post) A potential contract dispute between Birmingham City Council and its IT and call centre company Service Birmingham has been headed off after the contractor agreed to foot a £4.3 million bill for new server equipment.

Priceless pages of history that lurk in city archives (Birmingham Post) The first part of a series revealing the hidden treasures which will soon find a home at the new Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham housing regeneration scheme relaunched by council (West Midlands Housing News) A major housing regeneration scheme which has been stalled due to lack of funding is set to be relaunched by the council.

Regional Headlines

Arrest over party stabbing murder
A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in Smethwick.

Witnesses sought over house arson
A fire in which two people were rescued from a house in Wolverhampton is being treated as arson.

National Headlines

Sky cleared over pay-TV movies
Sky’s strong position in the pay-TV movie market “does not adversely affect competition”, the Competition Commission confirms.

Call for prison remand overhaul
The way prisoners on remand are held should be changed to improve fairness and reduce costs, the chief inspector of prisons says.

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