Media Watch – May 16

By on 16/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse latest (national and local coverage):

• Super-heads could take over running clusters of schools in Birmingham, as the Government considers its reports to allegations of extremism.

• Pupils at Park View School claim their future prospects could be affected by the allegations of Islamic extremism.

Binmen 'told to clear dumped green bags' (Birmingham Mail): This front-page report claims that the city council have told bin men to clear the streets of dumped green waste this weekend. Cllr McKay quoted.

Election candidate faces address probe (Birmingham Mail / Solihull News): West Midlands Police are reportedly investigating allegations against a Green Party candidate who is standing in Solihull Council's Chelmsley Wood ward, following claims that he lives in Bournville. Quotes city council spokesmen who confirmed his change of address was processed in 48 hours.

40 per cent of primaries not ready to serve free school meals (Birmingham Mail): Report that 40 per cent of city council-controlled infant and primary schools are not yet ready to provide school meals ahead of Government's plans to introduce free school meal for every child from September.

Overtaking 'banned' on city's 'cycle streets' (Birmingham Mail): Report on the Government's Cycle Cities proposals that could see introduction of dedicated cycle streets and 15mph speed limits. Spokesman quote states the city council is considering its response to this consultation.

I'm stuck: Mum who glued herself to desk (Birmingham Mail/Daily Mirror): Photos of Sharon Powers who glued her hands to desk at Erdington Housing Office earlier this week, in protest over how the city council are handling her father's housing application.

Regional Headlines

Cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton's funeral may be held at Lichfield Cathedral

Man arrested for stealing an ambulance while paramedics were answering an emergency call in Walsall.

Singer Morrissey has revealed he's been approached to make a cameo appearance on radio soap The Archers.

National Headlines

Energy firm E.On to pay customers £12m over mis-selling, after being found to have 'extensive poor sales practices' by regulator Ofgem.

NSPCC report reveals a rise in calls to Childline from children living in fear due to parents' drinking and drug taking.

Teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College, will be laid to rest in Leeds today.

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