Media Watch – Sept 20

By on 20/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Advice to parents on E. coli O157 at Sutton Park (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Free Radio, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is advising parents that to reduce the risk of serious infection from E.coli O157, children aged 10 years and younger should not visit Sutton Park until further notice.

Traders ‘left to rot’ in plea for rates cut from council (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) More than 50 Birmingham city centre traders have formed a pressure group claiming independent firms in the city centre are being ‘left to rot’.

£11m electric car scheme fails to spark interest with drivers (Birmingham Post) Ambitious government plans to boost the automotive sector and encourage motorists to buy electric vehicles have been a flop, a Commons inquiry has found.

Plans still on track for new Birmingham Baccalaureate (Birmingham Post) Education chiefs at the city council say a Birmingham Baccalaureate is still on track, despite Education Secretary Michael Gove unveiling plans to replace the current GCSE system with English Baccalaureate Certificates in English, maths, sciences, history, geography and languages.

Rise in council absentee levels (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council staff took 58,635 days off sick between April and July this year, new figures have revealed.

Warning that clampers will still target drivers (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Parking enforcement firms will find ‘loopholes’ to keep raking in cash once clamping is banned, trading standards officers fear.

“10m to turn city into digital leader (Birmingham Post, BBC) Birmingham has been allocated a share of a £114 million broadband pot to transform it into a ‘digital leader’.

Roads would have ‘crumbled’ without £2.7 billion contract (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s 2,500km road network would have crumbled without the £2.7 billion highways maintenance contract being signed, the council’s chief transport official has claimed.

Industry could be key to solving city ‘identity crisis’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s manufacturing base could help cure its ‘identity crisis’ a council inquiry has heard.

Council ‘let failing schools off hook’ (Birmingham Post) The majority of Birmingham schools will be guided down the academy route because the council has not been firm enough with under performing schools in the past, it has been claimed.

City’s night time economy praised (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s historic Council House will be going through a purple patch next week as the city celebrates an award for its thriving night-time economy.

Council tax benefit is changing (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Supplement looking at the forthcoming changes to Council Tax Benefit.

Rugeley man jailed over debt purchase scam he ran from Birmingham offices (Birmingham Post) A Staffordshire conman who netted nearly £2 million by telling desperate people he could make their debts “disappear” has been jailed for four years. Jacqui Kennedy, from the Birmingham City Council illegal money lending team, welcomed the sentences and warned consumers not to buy into debt purchase schemes.

Regional Headlines

Quinton primary school put into special measures
A Birmingham primary school has been put into special measures for “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”. An Ofsted report said it judged the overall effectiveness of Woodhouse Primary School, Quinton, as inadequate.

Birmingham police hold man wanted over
Swords shooting An Irish man wanted in connection with an attempted murder has been arrested by police in Birmingham.

National Headlines

May condemns ‘savage’ PC killings
The deaths of two Greater Manchester police officers have “devastated” the force, the home secretary says, as two men remain in custody.

Poor pupils ‘lose out on funding’
More than half of schools in England given money to support poor pupils say it is having little or no impact on the way they provide for disadvantaged students.

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