Media Watch – July 21

By on 21/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham to lose 20 councillors under vision for new-look council (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC WM) The numbers of city councillors in Birmingham will be cut by 20 following a review of council boundaries and elections. BCC response

More damning findings on Birmingham City Council (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has been told it is failing to improve quickly enough six months after a damning report found it was failing to provide basic services and had let down the poorest areas of the city. BCC response

Sutton Coldfield: ‘Royal’ town calls for own council (BBC) A West Midlands town which had its royal status reaffirmed last year is calling for its own council. Sutton Coldfield, made a royal town by Henry VIII in 1528, had its status reaffirmed after a two-year campaign.

Community worker Mohammed Zafran to star at Arsenal v Chelsea Wembley showpiece (Birmingham Mail) A community worker and Pride of Birmingham winner is going to Wembley to receive an award for coaching thousands of youngsters. Mohammed Zafran, from Small Heath, has helped to set up a women’s academy which is helping to empower Asian women through practical courses and in conjunction with the council.

Jailed for car clocking (Tyburn Mail) Members of a Birmingham family were sentenced to a total of 12 years and nine months imprisonment for ‘clocking’ around 4 million miles off vehicles in a professional car clocking operation at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (17 July 2015). Birmingham City Council brought the case after receiving numerous complaints from consumers across the Midlands.

Ofsted defends reputation after Birmingham schools Trojan horse row (Guardian) The education watchdog has defended its reputation after accusations that it failed to identify problems in the Birmingham schools at the centre of allegations of infiltration by religious extremists.

Regional Headlines

Ten men from Midlands and London charged with child sex offences
Ten men from London and the Midlands have been charged with child sexual exploitation offences against two boys.

Man dies ‘fetching ball’ from Dudley reservoir
A man has died after jumping into a reservoir, reportedly to fetch a ball.

National Headlines

Rotherham abuse: South Yorkshire Police child protection ‘needs improvement’
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal still needs to make “major improvements” to some child protection procedures, a report has found.

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt
The Commons backed the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by 308 to 124 votes. Forty-eight Labour MPs defied orders to abstain and instead voted against the bill, which includes plans to limit child tax credit to two children.


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