Media Watch – August 23

By on 23/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cheers and tears for GCSE pupils (Birmingham Mail). Birmingham schools are expected to celebrate record-breaking results in this year's GCSE exams. Schools across the city will be hoping to better the Government's 40% floor target for five or more A*-C passes including maths and English.

Council told: come clean over snooping: (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post).
New figures by Big Brother Watch revealed the city council used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) on five employees between 2008 and last year.

Concierge claims (Birmingham Mail). Continued coverage of claims that the concierge service provided at city council tower blocks is to discontinue. A spokesman for the City Council said: “We are in the early stages of a review where we are considering improvements to the concierge service. There are no plans to discontinue this style of support service to our tenants, as we recognise that it is a valued service.”

All lanes to Alexander Stadium for Olympic aces (Birmingham Post).
Article about the success of sporting events in the city including a piece about the A34 Walsall Road towards the Alexander Stadium being set up with Olympic style VIP pass holders' only signs for the Aviva Grand Prix athletics on Sunday.

Councils to pitch for future city grant (Engineering and Technology). Birmingham is one of the city and borough councils in line to receive funding from the technology strategy board (TSB) through a £24m future city competition.  The competition will investigate ways of integrating transport and other infrastructure to benefit their areas.

Historic Hall beyond repair, says landlord (Birmingham Post). A community landlord has defended its plan to demolish Glynn Edwards Hall.  The design for the building is expected to go before the council's planning committee on August 30.

Regional Headlines
Birmingham residents to get gunfire sensors feedback
Residents living in parts of Birmingham where gunshot sensors were installed will find out how successful the technology has been at a meeting later today.

More than £40,000 found in bag inside car in Great Barr

More than £40,000 of cash was found in a car which was stopped by motorway police in Birmingham.

National Headlines
First fall in GCSE grades in exam’s history
There has been a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded an A*-C grade, for the first time since the exams were introduced 24 years ago.

Stephen Lawrence: Killers refused leave to appeal
Two men found guilty of the 1993 racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in south-east London have been lost the first round of their attempt to challenge their convictions.


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