Media Watch – March 3

By on 03/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Capita urged to come clean over its £345k-a-day charges (Birmingham Mail) A company earning £345k-a-day from a controversial contract has been urged to reveal full details of its outsourcing deal with Birmingham City Council.

Lessons to warn on loan sharks (BBC) Birmingham-based Illegal Money Lending Team is to warn children about loan sharks.

Couple in four-year eviction fight against city council given a chance to stay (Birmingham Mail) A couple fighting a four-year eviction battle against Birmingham City Council have been given a last chance to remain in their home. Pensioners Janet and Michael Beech will appeal to the High Court in London in June over the eviction notice ordering them to leave their Druids Heath home.

'Islamist plot to take over schools' (Sunday Times) An apparent plot by Muslim fundamentalists to destabilise and take over state schools in England is being investigated by council officials and monitored by police. Birmingham city council began an inquiry after the circulation of what purport to be strategy documents outlining ways of ousting head teachers in Muslim areas of the city in order to establish schools run on Islamic principles.

Birmingham City Council boosts youth mutuals (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council is helping young people set up social enterprises. Eva Phillips (Lab) came up with the idea for the Make Change initiative in the Druids Heath area of the West Midlands city.

Council 'must repay motorists' fined for bus lane signs fiasco (Birmingham Mail) A leading motoring group last night urged Birmingham City Council to repay the thousands of ''ridiculous'' fines issued to motorists in the bus lanes fiasco.

City Council makes Service Birmingham contract available for public to read (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has published the contract for Service Birmingham - the controversial joint venture between the local authority and Capita - but redacted some of the information due to ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City owner found guilty
Birmingham City Football Club owner Carson Yeung is found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a court in Hong Kong.

Jack Dromey accuses the Daily Mail and insists he took on PIE
Jack Dromey has accused the Daily Mail of “dirty, gutter journalism” over its articles questioning links between a civil liberties group he used to work for and paedophile rights campaigners.

National Headlines

UK and US in agreement over Ukraine
David Cameron and Barack Obama agree that Russia must face “significant costs” if it does not change course over the Ukraine crisis.

Policing ‘should be devolved to Wales’
Responsibility for policing should be given to the Welsh government; a landmark report on devolving more powers to Cardiff is expected to say.

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