Media Watch – May 1

By on 01/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Primary School places (BBC WM) Around 650 Birmingham pupils failed to get into any of their preferred primary schools. 14,379 (95.7%) pupils were offered one of their preferred schools.

London 2012: Search for Olympic volunteers in Birmingham (BBC)
The process has officially begun to find Olympic volunteers in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council is recruiting 300 people to help support the US track and field pre-Olympic training camp.

Taxi drivers’ protest over 25% fee hike (Birmingham Mail) Angry minicab drivers are taking to the streets today in protest at a hike in licensing fees of more than 25 per cent.

City may vote no, says poll (Birmingham Mail) An influential poll of Midland voters has suggested that Birmingham could be heading for a ‘no’ vote in the elected mayor poll.

Crumbling old office becomes autistic school (Birmingham Mail) A crumbling former social service office (Chamberlain House) is to be restored and given a new lease of life as a school for autistic children.

‘Plan to turn baths into community centre has been rushed’ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP (Steve McCabe) has accused the city council of ‘indecent haste’ in pushing through plans for the £4 million conversion of a former swimming pool (Stirchley Baths) into offices and a community centre.

Regional Headlines

Five charged over city stabbing
Five youths are charged with wounding over the multiple stabbing of a 19-year-old man in a Birmingham street.

Hodgson set to be England manager
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is set to start talks with the Football Association on Monday and expected to be appointed England manager within days.

National Headlines

MPs set to publish hacking report
A committee of MPs which has been investigating allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World is due to publish its findings.

Lloyds makes £375m PPI provision
Lloyds Banking Group reports a fall in three month profits and sets aside an extra £375m to pay for payment protection insurance compensation.

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