Media Watch – September 1

By on 01/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Abuse family get the boot (Birmingham Mail) A dad and his two children have been turfed out of their Birmingham home after subjecting neighbours to a catalogue of intimidation and racist abuse.

Head slams council over ‘mayhem’ in city schools (Birmingham Post) Liam Nolan, head teacher of Perry Beeches School has said he has ‘no faith’ in the city’s ability to lead Birmingham schools. His comments are rejected by Cllr Les Lawrence who says suggestions of ‘failure’ are no borne out by any facts. A council spokesman added: “We have no experienced any difficulty with other schools seeking to convert to academy status, with head teachers working co-operatively with the same staff dealing with Perry Beeches.”

£100m of contracts for council pools makeover (Birmingham Post) Construction firms will be able to bid for the right to carry out a multi-million pound makeover of Birmingham’s community swimming pools and leisure centres.

Council challenge to fill toughest social care role (Birmingham Post) One of the toughest jobs in local government is about to be advertised – head of Birmingham’s social services and the city’s schools.

Bishop backs call for early poll to avoid mayoral crisis in city (Birmingham Post) The Bishop of Birmingham has welcomed a forthcoming referendum on whether the city should have a powerful elected mayor and predicted a mayor could ‘speak up for Birmingham’.

Council boss loses £6k as bonus cut over performance (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes suffered a £6,000 paycut last year after a bonus based on his performance was reduced.

Council in £1.4bn pension black hole (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s final salary pension scheme has a deficit of £1.4 billion, the local authority’s latest accounts reveal.

Children hit by cuts to mental health services (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has withdrawn 10 per cent of the £1.8 million area based grant for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to run the child and adolescent mental health services as it battles to meet the Government’s £212 million savings target.

Toxic algae warning at city park pools (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Suttoncoldfieldlocal) Visitors to Birmingham’s largest park have been warned over toxic algae which has appeared in two pools.

Travellers told to quit city park (Birmingham Mail) A group of travellers were ordered to leave another Birmingham park (Kings Norton) which has become the site for a makeshift camp.

Contract extension for housing repairs (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) Birmingham City Council’s Homes and Neighbourhoods directorate has negotiated two major contracts with construction and building giants Willmott Dixon and Mears Group.

Regional Headlines

Man accused of riot deaths due in court
A man accused of murdering three men who were hit by a car during rioting and looting in Birmingham, is due to appear in court.

Campaign to give Jahan torch role Listen
A group is campaigning to make Tariq Jahan, who appealed for calm after losing his son in the Birmingham riots, an Olympic torch bearer in 2012.

National Headlines

Fox defends armed forces job cuts
Defence Secretary Liam Fox says the Armed Forces’ cuts will mean Britain’s defence capability can grow later but Labour say the cuts go “too far, too quickly”.

UK sends unfrozen cash to Libya
The RAF delivers £140m of Libyan banknotes (280m Libyan dinars) to Libya after an assets freeze aimed at Col Muammar Gaddafi was lifted.

Uni fights tobacco giant over bid
A Scottish university is battling a tobacco giant’s attempt to gain access to its research into the smoking habits of teenagers.

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