Media Watch – May 7

By on 07/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Garden tax outcry over council ‘Gestapo’ tactics (Birmingham Mail) Cllr John Lines has accused council binmen of behaving ‘like the Gestapo’ to stop families sneaking grass cuttings into their rubbish bags. In fact there has been no new clampdown. Cllr James McKay explained: “We have never allowed garden waste to go in with the residual household waste. If binmen are aware that there is garden waste in the black bag they will not pick it up. This was the case when Cllr Lines and the Conservatives ran the council and is the same now.”

City review of mental health (Birmingham Mail) A major review of community mental health services in the city is underway and health chiefs are asking residents for their views.

Countdown at Villa Park (Birmingham Mail) The countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015 has begun in Birmingham with the launch of a 500 Days To Go calendar.

Parents protest at academy plan (Birmingham Mail) Concerned parents are calling for two ‘outstanding’ Birmingham schools (Colmore Infants and Colmore Juniors in Kings Heath) to reconsider plans to convert to academies.

Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ school governor accuses Ofsted of bias (BBC) A governor of a Birmingham school (Mohammed Ashraf, Golden Hillock School in Sparkbrook) inspected as part of the probe into the so-called Trojan Horse plot has accused Ofsted of being “biased”.

Regional Headlines

Afghanistan helicopter crash victims repatriated to UK
The bodies of five UK service personnel who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, including a soldier from Birmingham, will arrive back in the UK later.

Druids Heath overdose pharmacist can practise again
A pharmacist who mistakenly caused a patient to overdose on morphine has been cleared to return to work.

National Headlines

Carers ‘must be able to speak English’
A government adviser says agencies must ensure people they recruit as carers can speak English before placing them in vulnerable people’s homes.

Co-op Group’s board ‘dysfunctional’
Lord Myners says the board of the Co-op Group is “manifestly dysfunctional” and the group needs drastic reform in order to survive in a highly critical report.

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