Media Watch – May 9

By on 09/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Garden tax row turns Brum into a dump (Birmingham Mail) Pictures of uncollected garden waste in the city with comments from Councillors John Lines and Peter Douglas Osbourn. A BCC spokesperson pointed out that garden waste has never been allowed in with household waste and that if garden waste is not in official sacks - as widely reported - it will not be collected

Faces of family who terrorised a street (Birmingham Mail) A family has been evicted from their council home following six years of terrorising their neighbours

More women added to Trojan Horse team (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has revealed the line-up for its Trojan Horse inquiry team, adding more than three women to the panel

£10m luxury flats scheme to transform Council House (Birmingham Mail) The 150-year-old Sutton Coldfield Council House has been sold and will be redeveloped into flats

Children's services plan in end stage of development (Birmingham Mail) The government commissioner tasked with turning around Birmingham's children's services has nearly finalised an improvement plan

Quarter of social worker jobs vacant (BBC online) More than a quarter of Birmingham’s social worker posts are unfilled

Whooping cough warning (Free Radio) Pregnant women are being urged to take up the offer of a whooping cough vaccine, even though cases have fallen by half since an outbreak in 2012. Director of Public Health Dr Adrian Phillips interviewed

Regional Headlines:

Students left in shock as A-levels axed at college - Shocked pupils have been told they will not be able to study A-levels at their sixth form (Cockshutt Hill College)

Centro: hand roads over to private firms - Midland drivers would face paying to muse new toll roads under proposals put forward by transport chiefs

Major firms lead bid for HS2 skills college in city - Dozens of businesses are leading the bid to bring an HS2 college to Birmingham

National Headlines:

MPs raise concerns over tax powers – Plans to allow the tax authority to settle unpaid demands by taking money from people’s bank accounts are criticised by MPs
Russia holds war parades amid crisis – Russia displays its military might during an expanded Victory Day parade, amid a surge of patriotism over its Crimea annexation

Deal to combat piracy in UK imminent – After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies and UK internet service providers to help combat piracy is imminent

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