Media Watch – May 27

By on 27/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Local and Euro elections - widespread coverage in print and broadcast media

Clancy launches bid for Labour leadership (Birmingham Mail): Coverage of Cllr John Clancy’s leadership bid.

MP: Failing kids' service should get one last chance (Birmingham Mail): Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood claims Birmingham's children's services should be given one more chance after Ofsted report cited “widespread and serious failures.”  Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Police 'could be sent' into failing Birmingham school (BBC Online): Story on attempt by an interim executive board, appointed by the city council after a number of Ofsted  inspections, to take over the governance of Al-Hijrah school in Bordesley Green last week.

Birmingham pupils and parents denounce racist lies around Trojan Horse (Socialist Worker): A parent tells the paper that the Trojan Horse claims about Oldknow Academy are 'rubbish' and that children are not segregated.

Birmingham tenders for joined-up mental health service (Local Government Chronicle): Commissioners in Birmingham are appealing for consortium bids to run a new joined-up mental health service for children, adolescents and young adults, potentially worth some £100m.

Birmingham Pride Festival 2014 (widespread regional coverage): Lord Mayor Cllr Leddy quoted.

My mum abused and neglected me for years - but I still miss her (Sunday Mercury): Collette Elliot, who has written a book about her childhood experiences, is critical of how Birmingham social services handled her case.

Raw and cooked meat mixed together, poorly trained staff and filthy surfaces: What inspectors found at Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse when they gave it 0/5 for hygiene (Daily Mail): Food safety story based on council inspection report for Food Standards Agency.

Royal appointment for Brum sports stars (Birmingham Mail): Birmingham prepares to welcome the Queen's Baton Relay next week.

Time to get on your bike (Birmingham Mail): Short piece on the SkyRide Local events in Birmingham.

City lands money to improve parks (BBC Online and broadcast): Article in the on launch of Active Parks initiative at Edgbaston Reservoir.

Views on proposed city 20mph zones wanted (Birmingham Mail): Launch of the 20 is Plenty consultation period. Cllr McKay quoted.

Family of yobs lose a £4.7k windfall (The Sun): Report on tenants evicted from their council property after tormenting neighbours for six years, who have missed out on a £4,700 payment now that he street where they lived is due to be redeveloped.

'New' lampposts still not switched on after two years of waiting (Birmingham Mail): Lampposts installed in Grove Avenue, Moseley, still not switched on. Former city councillor Martin Mullaney quoted.

Lap dance club decision on hold (Birmingham Mail): Decision on a proposal for a fourth lap dance club  in the city centre, called Paradise, is adjourned by the Licensing and Public Protection Committee.

Green tax could see councils charge up to £120 (Daily Mail): Round-up of local authorities shows that one in three councils in England and Wales charges for its green waste collections. Birmingham City Council's scheme cited and quotes MP John Hemming.

Birmingham vehicle sharing scheme is scrapped (Birmingham Mail): Car2go car pulls out of its UK markets, and will end Birmingham's scheme on May 30.

Regional headlines

Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales failed a fitness test due to become mandatory later this year. Midlands forces had some of the worst failure rates – West Midlands (5.8%), West Mercia and Warwickshire (5.6%)

Homes evacuated after 'suspicious items' found in Erdington home.

Birmingham youngsters will miss out on top city jobs due to a lack of skills, according to a new report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.

National headlines

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg could lose his seat in Parliament at next year’s General Election, a leaked opinion poll has suggested.

The number of blind or partially sighted children has increased due to a rise in survival rates of severely premature babies, according to charity Blind Children UK.

Warning as 100 online fraud cases are logged a day: Official statistics show 17,430 cases of online fraud have been reported in England and Wales so far this year.

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  1. Julia Larden says:

    Could we please be clear that (unless BCC has had a sudden miraculous secret change of heart) Birmingham has NO proposed 20 mile ZONES, but many proposed 20 mile LIMITS: limits rely on the magic of signs, and on average reduce speed by about 1.5 mph ZONES are carefully selected areas with engineered traffic calming and a far more effective.