Media Watch – Jan 27

By on 27/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council row over Hoard gold plans (Birmingham Mail) A new row has broken out over the Staffordshire Hoard – around 1,000 years after the treasure trove was buried in the Midland soil.

Cadbury kids’ farm, is facing council’s act (Birmingham Mail) A kids’ farm (Mount Pleasant School Farm) with links to Birmingham’s famous Cadbury family is facing the axe in council cuts.

Better care but youngsters still not safe – claim (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s child protection watchdog (Chair of Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board Jane Held) has announced she is ‘cautiously confident’ that the city’s failing children’s services will improve – but has admitted some youngsters are still not safe.

Any resident can have their council tax band reviewed for free (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers consumer advice.

School’s early finish sparks uproar (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham primary school (Canterbury Cross) has sparked parent fury after giving kids every Friday afternoon off – so teachers can prepare for lessons.

Killer weapons found in Birmingham classrooms (Birmingham Mail) 44 pupils excluded from schools after incidents with machete, knives, razors, air guns, pepper spray and knuckle dusters .

Train boss comes under fire over delays to rail services (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Tim Evans) has told a train company managing director he ‘could have throttled him’ over the amount of time he was late to meetings due to rail delays.

Fly-tipping action call by Greens (Birmingham Mail) Green campaigners in Birmingham are demanding greater action to deal with the ant-social menace of fly-tipping.

Regional Headlines

New Street ‘worst’ railway station
Birmingham New Street is named as the UK’s worst railway station for “overall satisfaction” in a rail watchdog study.

UK economic gap with London ‘widens’
‘The economic gap between London and the rest of the UK is widening because other cities including Birmingham are “punching below their weight”, new research claims.

National Headlines

Cameron pledges action on red tape
Thousands of rules affecting business are to be scrapped or amended; David Cameron is to tell a conference of small companies.

UK braced for ice and more flooding
Britain is preparing for a big freeze as temperatures plummet, while more flooding is expected in parts of England and Scotland.

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