Media Watch – March 4

By on 04/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Protesters disrupt meeting as councillors clash over cuts (Birmingham Mail) Rowdy protesters stopped Birmingham City Council’s annual budget meeting three times as councillors clashed over £105million cuts to services.

Parents lie, cheat and even change their religion to win their children a place in school, say experts (Birmingham Mail) Anxious parents are willing to lie, cheat, and even change their religion to get their off-spring into the right school, experts revealed. According to latest available figures, Birmingham City Council mounted more than 150 investigations into suspected fraudulent school place applications between 2010 and 2012.

Fines for Birmingham parents taking children out of school without permission almost DOUBLE in 12 months (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of Birmingham parents have been threatened with court action for taking their children out of school without permission – with the number of mums and dads being fined almost DOUBLING in one year.

Birmingham City Council raises over £800k with car park sales (Birmingham Post) A string of car parks owned by Birmingham City Council has been sold as the local authority continues to offload its assets. The disposals raised more than £800,000 and follow the recent deal to sell the NEC Group earlier this year while Louisa Ryland House and 150-152 Great Charles Street were brought to market last year.

Collaboration is key for Greater Birmingham (Midlands Insider Daily) Collaboration is taking centre stage for Greater Birmingham this year, with Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country uniting to showcase some of the West Midlands’ foremost developments to potential investors.

Pupil misses out on ALL schools her parents chose in Birmingham (Daily Mail, Mirror) An 11-year-old missed out on all the secondary schools she wanted and instead has been offered a place at an academy which was previously in special measures.

Mice infestation at Poundland causes store to remove food (ITV.com) Poundland removed food from shelves at his branch in Birmingham city centre – because of a MICE infestation, the council has revealed.

Regional Headlines

Bombing families lobby for inquest
Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings are to meet the home secretary later to call for an inquest into the deaths.

Breast op women in hospital protest
About 40 women given unnecessary or incomplete breast operations by a surgeon who has since been suspended protest at a private hospital.

National Headlines

Incomes ‘back to pre-crisis level’
Average household incomes are back to pre-crisis levels, but still more than 2% below their 2009-10 peak, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

UK government sells Eurostar stake
The UK government says it is selling its 40% stake in the cross-Channel train operator Eurostar to an Anglo-Canadian consortium for £757.1m.

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