Media Watch – March 24

By on 24/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Government intervenes at school ‘taken over' by Muslim radicals (Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday) The Birmingham school at the centre of an alleged campaign of “Islamisation” by Muslim radicals (Park View) is to be placed in “special measures” by the Government's education watchdog in a move that could see its head teacher and governors removed.

Pest control services in Birmingham ‘must remain free’ council told (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham public protection chiefs have objected to plans to privatise the council's pest control services – fearing that rat catchers could become unaffordable for ordinary residents.

£3m boost for Birmingham homeless hostels as demand for places grows (Birmingham Mail) Three city hostels are to be given a £3 million upgrade to ensure that more homeless families can be kept out of grotty bed and breakfast accommodation.

£190k pay claim for Midland dinner lady (Express and Star) A dinner lady has been awarded £190,000 in back pay and compensation as part of plans to settle a £1 billion council equal pay debacle, it has emerged today.

Rap for Vegas-style billboards in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s main roads are at risk of being plastered with large, flashy animated adverts bringing the city ever closer to a Las Vegas-style streets it has been claimed.

Plea for families to adopt (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is facing an adoption crisis with almost 180 children desperate for loving new families.

Brummie blues (Freight) FTA has submitted its response to the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan (BMAP) and told Birmingham City Council that it had missed a golden opportunity to look at the problems freight has delivering to the businesses and people of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

‘No hiding place’ for Church abusers
Birmingham’s new auxiliary bishop says there must be “no hiding place” for abusers in the Catholic Church.

Bishop’s church youth clubs call
The Bishop of Lichfield, whose diocese goes into north Shropshire, calls on churches to meet the needs of young people after Staffordshire County Council agrees to youth club funding cuts.

National Headlines

Co-op Bank to raise extra £400m
The Co-op Bank plans to raise another £400m by issuing new shares following the discovery of additional costs related to past misconduct and poor documentation.

Fraud ‘costing NHS £5bn a year’
Fraud is costing the NHS £5bn a year, with a further £2bn lost to financial errors, the former head of its anti-fraud section tells BBC Panorama.

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