Media Watch – Sept 4

By on 04/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City heading for £1.1bn future debt, claims Tories (Birmingham Post) Taxpayers face a £1.1 billion bill because of Birmingham City Council's failure to cut debts, opposition Tories claim.  Quotes Cllr Robert Alden and Cllr Ian Ward.

Councillors reject cut in allowances (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's senior councillors have rejected calls from independent advisers for them to take a collective £100,000-a-year pay cut.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Council: we were in dark over Islamic agenda in city school (Birmingham Post ) Birmingham City Council has denied claims it failed to fight moves to impose an intolerant Islamic agenda on schools because councillors and staff feared being called racist.  Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

Religion museum would be major lure for tourists (Birmingham Post) Two of Birmingham's most 'at risk' landmark buildings are set to be saved as a new museum which could become a major tourist attraction.

Former Governor at Trojan Horse school 'hired guards to bar staff' (Asian Voice)  A former governor of a school, linked to the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham, is being sued over claims he stopped staff, who were brought in after an Ofsted inspection, from entering the school.  (Refers to the Al-Hijrah School which was not linked to Trojan Horse)

Concerns as US taxi firm targets city (Birmingham Mail) A controversial taxi company which brought London to a standstill this summer after sparking protests is heading to Birmingham (Uber) Quotes Birmingham City Council spokeswoman.  

£45m free school meals plan 'good for economy' (Birmingham Post) Free school meals for primary school pupils will see £45 million being ploughed into Birmingham's economy, education chiefs have revealed.

School place of girl once branded UK's smallest baby withdrawn (BBC online) A girl who was dubbed the UK's smallest baby in 2003 has been unable to start secondary school because the Academy she was allocated (Perry Beeches III) 'does not have the facilities' to deal with her.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson apology for miscommunication and that working to find a school place as quickly as possible.

Regional Headlines

Byrne: giant HS2 yard is 'battering' east of the city - City MP Liam Byrne has said HS2 is 'battering' east Birmingham - and warned demand for a giant marshalling yard poses a threat to the city's green belt.

Jail for explosives hoard ex-soldier – A former soldier is jailed for amassing a large hoard of ammunition and military-grade explosives.

IVF treatment on NHS ‘needs reform’ – Lord Robert Winston says better IVF provision is needed on the NHS as he receives an honorary degree in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Cameron ‘not ruling out’ action on IS – David Cameron says he “doesn’t rule anything out” with regards to military action against Islamic State, ahead of a Nato summit in Wales.

Nato heads to meet Ukraine president – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will brief world leaders on the crisis in his country, before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales.

Solve crimes yourself, victims told – Victims of crime are being “encouraged” to investigate offences themselves, an inspection of police forces in England and Wales finds.

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