Media Watch – Feb 2

By on 02/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Predators in police uniform (Birmingham Mail) Three West Midlands Police officers abused their positions of authority by exploiting three underage children in the last two years, according to a new Freedom of Information Request. Reference made to the police and council putting in extra resources to tackle sexual exploitation.

MP wants share of £1m fund to beat rogue developers (Birmingham Mail) Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants the council’s planning department to look to the government’s new Planning Enforcement Fund for support to battle problems caused by rogue developers in the city.

‘Use your vote’ call to older teens (Birmingham Mail) City Councillors will today be amongst those signing a contract in which they agree to engage with young voters, as part of a voter registration campaign led by Bite the Ballot.

Trojan Horse schools ‘struggle to find staff’ (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of recent comments made by Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Birmingham, England, a ‘no-go zone’? The diverse city says go on! (LA Times) Profile piece looking at the city of Birmingham following recent comments made on Fox News. Correspondent states “there was no sense of a city on heightened alert or restrictions of any kinds on non-Muslims”.Sir Albert Bore quoted in praise of the response to Fox News from citizens, who “swept the issue away” with their good-humoured response.

Big Birmingham Bikes application deadline looms (BBC WM – Mollie Green Show) Cllr Lisa Trickett interviewed about the plan to give away up to 3,000 bikes to people who could not otherwise access cycling. During the segment, she also defended the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution programme following criticism from the Alliance of British Drivers.

New school ‘Islamising’ plot uncovered (Sunday Telegraph) Unconfirmed news that Small Heath School is set to be downgraded to ‘inadequate’ following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Elderly get just five minutes of care (Sunday Times) Article looking at varying levels of care provision across the country. Birmingham City Council referenced in a table, at top of five-council list for amount spent on home care per hour.

Buyout kings with a taxpayer ring of confidence (Sunday Times) Feature on LDC, recently announced as the buyers of the NEC Group.

Councillor feels ‘flattered’ by White Dee (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Sharon Thompson comments after being praised by Benefits Street star during recent radio interview.

Lessons in life chip away at ignorance (Birmingham Mail) Feature on CHIPS challenging homophobia programme. Article focused on sessions at Allens Croft School in Kings Heath.

Castle Pool saved from closure thanks to community charity (Sutton Observer and Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the Community Asset Transfer that will see the pool now run by Castle Pool Community Partnership. District Chair Cllr Josh Jones and local councillor Lynda Clinton quoted.

Green, clean and ‘no brainer’ – system is the way forward (Sutton Observer) Coverage of the third phase of Birmingham’s wheelie bin roll-out, which will see homes in SUtton Coldfield, Erdington and Perry Barr joining the scheme. Cllr Lisa Trickett and Assistant Director Kevin Mitchell quoted in support of the plans, with Cllr David Pears voicing concerns.

Motorists are thanked for patience during roadworks (Sutton Observer) Cllr Tahir Ali thanks motorists for the way in which they have coped with recent work across the city.

Take-away owner find after cockroaches found (Great Barr Observer and Asian Voice) The owner of Pizza Pan on the Aldridge Road has been fined £900 after a prosecution brought by the city council. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

You could design a new flag for Brum (Great Barr Observer) More coverage of the contest through which a new community flag will be created.

Peer review set to challenge governance (Local Government Chronicle) Stephen Hughes, former chief executive of the city council, has been appointed the LGA’s interim executive director.

Pioneering Birmingham PRS initiative reveals first scheme (Property Week) The council has unveiled plans for its first purpose-built private rented sector residential scheme, which it is developing through a new company. Clive Skidmore and Cllr Tahir Ali quoted for the council.

Headteacher calls for domestic violence campaign (Central News) The headteacher of Anderton Park Primary School has called for a campaign to tackle the issue of domestic violence after claiming that some pupils think it is acceptable for their mothers to be subjected to it.

Regional Headlines

47 children have been caught with drugs at West Midlands schools over the last three years.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says he feels the people of the region are being “let down†after the force last 300 officers last year.

National Headlines

Almost 3,500 schools in England rated as “requiring improvement” face being forced into new leadership, under plans to be announced by David Cameron.

Leading universities have criticised plans being considered by Labour to cut tuition fees as “implausible”. The party is yet to unveil its policy but Ed Miliband has said he wants to reduce the cap from £9,000 to £6,000.

The first large-scale trials of an experimental vaccine against Ebola are due to begin in Liberia.

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