Media Watch – June 26

By on 26/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Almost 1 in 3 11-year-olds miss out on 1st choice school (Birmingham Mail) Story based on March figures widely reported at the time on school preferences. A BCC spokesperson said: “This year the number of parents/carers who were offered their first preferred school was 70.3% and almost 94% of parents/carers were offered one of their preferred schools. It is important to remember that grammar schools form part of this process and if a child does not get into a grammar school then this will register as not getting one of their preferred schools. Parents should be realistic about their preferences and it is important to include at least one school where they think they have a good chance of getting a place, for example, a nearby school that would qualify in terms of distance.”

Tunnel link between city stations set for facelift (BBC online/Birmingham Mail) A city centre tunnel is set to get a £5.5m facelift to improve the route between stations. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted in BBC article

Rescue plan for school in Trojan Horse scandal (Birmingham Post) City education chiefs have drawn up improvement plans for Saltley school, the one local authority school placed in special measures by the Ofsted inquiry into the Trojan Horse affair

Government blocks city move to ban 'chuggers' (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's attempt to pass a by-law aimed at managing (not 'banning') chuggers by ensuring they stick to their code of conduct has been blocked by Government

Capita deal is slashed as council plays hardball (Birmingham Post) A series of major cuts to Birmingham's outsourcing contract with Capita will slash more than £20m a year from the city's bill. Deputy leader Ian Ward said it would be too costly to scrap the deal but the city was fighting to make it work

Heseltine: Forget a referendum, Birmingham must have an elected mayor (Birmingham Post) The former deputy PM says the city needs an elected mayor to help shift power away from London. The article claims sources within the council might be persuaded along with neighbouring authorities if there is a combined authority. Sir Albert Bore quoted saying he is in favour of the idea but no new powers were offered to go with the post so voters were not convinced

Regional Headlines:

Report UK Syria fighters, police urge – The head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit calls on relatives of Britons planning to take up arms in Syria to report them to the authorities

£36m already paid out on homes blighted by HS2 - The Government has already paid out £36 million to West Midlands homeowners unable to sell up because the HS2 scheme has blighted their properties

National Headlines:

Savile hospital abuse reports due – Accounts of sexual abuse and inappropriate treatment by Jimmy Savile in 28 NHS hospitals are due to be outlined in a series of reports

New MH370 search area announced – The hunt for the missing Malaysian plane shifts further south in the Indian Ocean following new data analysis, the Australian government says

Water 'will help cut child obesity' – Children should be given only water to drink with meals to help tackle the obesity crisis, experts argue, with sugary drinks kept as treats

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