Media Watch – Jan 19

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Major shake-up at Small Heath Trojan Horse school Oldknow Academy will include free school uniforms and home visits (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham school caught up in the Trojan Horse scandal is to close its doors to pupils for the first two weeks of term – and hand out FREE new uniforms in radical moves to break with the past. Oldknow Academy in Small Heath, which was placed in special measures last April, will have a major overhaul in a bid to turn it around.

Compensation unlikely for city underpass flood losses (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham commuters and transport department are unlikely to be compensated for the traffic chaos caused by last October’s Perry Barr underpass flood.

20 is Plenty – second area set for approval (BBC WM) Cllr Lisa Trickett interviewed as proposals for the second area to receive widespread 20mph speed limits in Birmingham are due before the city council’s Cabinet.

Fox apology for Birmingham ‘Muslim-only city’ claim (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Independent, Guardian) US Broadcaster Fox News has issued an on-air apology for televising a claim that Birmingham is a “Muslim-only city” where non-Muslims “don’t go”.

Councils face meltdown of vital services after savage Government cuts (Sunday People) Thousands of council jobs face the axe and vital services are at risk because of savage budget cuts ­hitting Britain’s cities. Birmingham fears it is teetering on the brink of disaster.

Trojan Horse ‘plot': ministers failed to intervene amid warnings 20 years ago (Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, Times, BBC) Review by Chris Wormald, the permanent secretary at the Department for Education, admits that a school governor reported concerns about Islamist extremists ‘infiltrating’ Birmingham schools as long ago as 1994

Birmingham’s NEC group sold to Lloyds Banking Group in £307m deal (BBC, Guardian, Times, Telegraph,FT) Birmingham’s NEC Group has been sold for £307m to LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. The group was sold to help settle Birmingham City Council’s £1.1bn bill for equal pay claims.

Active women scheme launch (Sutton Observer) A fitness campaign aimed at encouraging Sutton Coldfield and Erdington women to become more active has been launched. As part of Sport England’s This Girl Can initiative, Birmingham City Council is encouraging women to take part in physical activity and bridge the gender gap in those taking part in sport.

Response to Fox News claims ‘a tribute to Brum’ (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers has said the city’s reaction to ‘expert’ Steve Emerson’s comments last week on US TV network Fox News was a tribute to the people of Birmingham.

Check whistleblowing strategies (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive has urged other councils to check their whistleblowing policies are working after his authority introduced an improved process.

Half-deaf pensioner ordered to pay £2,000 for playing loud music (Asian Voice) A half-deaf pensioner who annoyed her neighbours by constantly blasting out Bhangra music has been ordered to pay more than £2,000.

Cuts risk turning Birmingham library into ‘empty shell’ (The Architects’ Journal) Birmingham City Council is exploring whether its iconic city library could become a regional centre for the British Library after campaigners said proposed cuts could turn the building into an ‘empty shell’.

Birmingham garden tax boss admits: ‘We messed up on green waste’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham bins boss Lisa Trickett today candidly admitted: “We screwed up on the garden taxâ€. The Labour councillor made the admission as authority bosses discussed handing binmen £3.5 million-worth of new iPads, tablets and computers in a bid to avoid a repeat of last year’s problems.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham pupil sexually assaulted on way to school
A 13-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted on her way to school in Birmingham. A man approached the girl in Pope’s Lane, Kings Norton on Friday morning and carried her into nearby woodland.

West Midlands Police front desks to close by March
Seventeen police front desks are to close across the West Midlands by March, the force has announced.

National Headlines

Clegg backs plan to reduce suicides
The government is calling for a fundamental overhaul of how the NHS tackles suicides, inspired by a programme from the US.

UK sees coldest night of winter
Temperatures in the Highlands dip to -12C during what forecasters say has been the coldest night of the winter so far.

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