Media Watch – Jan 16

By on 16/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Noise nuisance woman claims she’s being victimised by council (BBC WM) Interview with Satinder Kholi, who was recently found guilty of breaching noise abatement orders, who claims she is being victimised by Birmingham City Council. Statement from council read out on air, clarifying exactly why the pensioner found herself before the courts.

Call to make pub safer as wind scatters debris (Birmingham Mail) A Harborne councillor has demanded city planners force owners of the Huntsman pub to take extra safety measures after high winds blew debris into the road. Quotes Cllr James McKay, plus Cllr John Alden.

House building project shortlisted for a major award (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council house building project for the elderly in Sutton Coldfield has been shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Awards, under the housing initiative category. Quotes Cllr John Cotton.

Council’s £170k foreign junkets (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has spent more than £170,000 sending staff on foreign junkets to conferences, meetings and fact-finding visits over the last four years, new figures have revealed. Quotes Cllr Robert Alden.

These are the most gay-friendly employers in the UK (Daily Telegraph online) Report on Stonewall’s top 100 gay-friendly UK employers listing, which includes Birmingham City Council in 59th place.

New school set to open near troubled academy (Birmingham Mail) A £10m school, Perry Beeches V, is set to open near Oldknow Academy, which was part of the Trojan Horse investigation.

Regional Headlines:

Police investigating damage caused to a number of Muslim-owned shops in Small Heath and Sparkbrook have said the attacks were not religiously motivated.

Solihull Council looks set to refuse its lowest-paid workers the £7.85-per-hour living wage, saying it cannot afford to do so. It has agreed to consider a smaller pay rise instead.

National Headlines:

The UK and US are to carry out “war game” cyber attacks on each other as part of a new joint defence against online criminals. The first exercise, a staged attack on the financial sector, will take place later this year, Downing Street said.

Some schools in England could be visited twice on the same day by different Ofsted inspectors to test the reliability of findings. The watchdog plans to pilot double inspections this term, with inspectors comparing judgements to see if they have reached the same conclusions.

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