Media Watch – June 20

By on 20/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse governors quizzed over allegations at takeover (Itv.com): Report that governors at schools placed in special measures for failing to protect children from extremist views are to be interviewed as part of the council's investigation.

Superhead set to open 3 new free schools in Brum (Birmingham Mail): Liam Nolan, chief executive of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust, is to open a primary school and two more secondary schools in September 2015.

'Trespassers' in home they lived in for nearly 50 years (Birmingham Mail): Report on a Birmingham couple who face quitting their council-owned home in Druids Heath after the Court of Appeal dismissed their case.

Shock report claims 1 in 3 families living in poverty (Birmingham Mail): Report on findings by the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom, including statistic that 37 per cent of children in Birmingham live in poverty. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Why are 84,000 children in Birmingham living in poverty? (The Guardian): The city’s local authority is doing everything it can to help children in poverty - the same cannot be said for government. Article from Cllr John Cotton.

Library wins for looks as well as books (Birmingham Mail and The Guardian): The Library of Birmingham and Waverley School, in Bordesley, have won national Royal Institute of British Architects awards, and are now being considered for the Stirling Prize.

20mph speed limit 'doesn't go far enough' (Birmingham Mail): Report that road safety campaigners are demanding that the council rethinks its plans to trial 20mph zones, to go beyond signage and road markings.

Devolution considered in Birmingham (BBC Online): Report that suggests neighbourhood councils could be set up under plans being considered by the council. Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Jewellery Quarter gets more powers (Birmingham Mail): Report that firms and residents are to draw up a masterplan for the Jewellery Quarter, after it was granted special status.

China gives jobs to Birmingham (The Daily Telegraph): Report that more than 1,000 of new jobs have been created or safeguarded in Birmingham through investment by Chinese companies over the past two year. Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Dream big and aim high (The Voice): Preview of the #Grown event being staged by KPMG in Birmingham on 27 June to encourage young people to realise their potential. Cllr Waseem Zafar named as one of the speakers.

Regional headlines

The death of  toddler Kyle Keen could have been avoided if a Walsall Manor hospital had referred him to social services at an earlier date, a report has found (BBC Online).

Taxi driver fell asleep driving our  five month baby home from hospital (Birmingham Mail).

Woman dies after being hit by lorry on pedestrian crossing in Wednesbury (BBC Online)

National headlines

Welfare cap 'could be breached' as a result of the costs of main sickness benefit.

TSB share sale values bank at £1.3bn

England on brink of early exit from World Cup.

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