Media Watch – Sept 7

By on 07/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Parents’ fury at new head’s crackdown on uniform (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Police were called when a protest outside a Birmingham school (Castle Vale Performing Arts College) saw teachers pelted with eggs – after 40 students were sent home for wearing the wrong shoes.

£2m bill for fraudulent student IDs (Birmingham Mail) People using fake student IDs to claim council tax discounts is costing Birmingham City Council taxpayers up to £2 million, it has been claimed.

Gove anger at betrayal of academy opponents (Birmingham Mail) Education Secretary Michael Gove has hit out at parents and teachers who are against academy status, branding their opposition a “betrayal”. With a growing number of schools outside direct local authority control, Birmingham City Council is now reassessing its role. In July, council education chief Coun Brigid Jones outlined plans to form a co-operative agreement between willing local academies and the authority.

A cultural celebration (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking ahead to this weekend’s ArtsFest.

Invasion of ‘flying saucer’ eco-friendly streetlights leaves homeowners so angry, council is forced to abandon project (Daily Mail) Workmen in Birmingham have been forced to abandon fitting new eco-friendly lampposts on a leafy estate because householders say they look like flying saucers.

£1m lottery grant to support 6,000 young Birmingham residents (West Midlands Housing News) More than 6,000 young people and first time social housing tenants in Birmingham are set to benefit from an initiative worth almost £1 million which will teach them how to manage their finances to avoid becoming homeless.

£500,000 empty home boost for Birmingham charity (West Midlands Housing News) A West Midlands young people’s charity has received a £500,000 grant to help it bring empty flats back into use.

Birmingham City Council prosecute landlords for failing to maintain HMO (West Midlands Housing News) Three landlords have been prosecuted by Birmingham City Council after failing to maintain a House of Multiple Occupation.

Maxie Hayles closes Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (BBC) A veteran anti-racism campaigner has blamed a lack of funding for his decision to wind up the organisation he formed 23 years ago. Maxie Hayles founded the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (Bramu) in 1989.

Regional Headlines

Mum-to-be attacked after break-in
A pregnant care worker is kicked in the stomach as she attempts to detain a suspected burglar.

Warwickshire crowned county cricket champions (widespread coverage)

National Headlines

Post-mortems due on Alps bodies
Post-mortem examinations will be carried out later on the bodies of four people, including three members of a British family, shot dead in the French Alps.

Olympians get own honours list
Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians are to be given their own honours list, Downing Street has confirmed.

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