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Media Watch – Feb 18

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Council objects to free school plans (Birmingham Mail / BBC News online): Report on council’s formal objection to Perry Beeches Academy Trust’s plans to open a new £20m school – Perry Beeches V – in Small Heath. Instead the site will be used to relocate the Al Hijrah school, which […]

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Media Watch – Feb 17

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Council leader warns over improvements (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has told a meeting of the authority’s cabinet that the ‘writing is on the wall’ for the council if it does not rapidly improve performance following the Kerslake review. Council opposes free school opening (BBC Local […]

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Media Watch – Feb 16

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories £11k Handsworth fake cigarette stash uncovered in hidden compartment in shop roof (Birmingham Mail) Criminals with a fake fag empire set up a James Bond-style hidden compartment in their shop behind a false roof – which was lowered via a hidden switch. Trading standards officers uncovered Birmingham’s second biggest retail […]

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Media Watch – Feb 13

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Councillors in battle to stop cut in their number (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s 120 councillors are gearing up for a clash with the Local Government Boundary Commission over plans to cut their numbers, with talks between the council and the Commission over a major shake-up of local elections now under way […]

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Media Watch – Feb 12

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories War of words over library crisis (Birmingham Post) Local government secretary Eric Pickles, Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart, Lord Whitby and Council Leader Sir Albert Bore all comment on the reasons and issues behind the council’s plan to reduce opening hours at the Library of Birmingham. Library archives service reprieved after […]

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Media Watch – Feb 11

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Brum recruits Rotherham’s scandal boss (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM): Report on Howard Woolfenden’s appointment, and his previous role in child protection services in Rotherham, in light of their cabinet resigning last week.  Peter Hay is quoted, saying all necessary checks are carried out before anyone is employed by the […]

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Media Watch – Feb 10

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories Elderly care auctioned in ‘eBay style’ (The Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Birmingham Post, BBC WM) City social services have been accused of removing the ‘humanity’ out of the care home system by using an online eBay-style auction to find places for the elderly. Birmingham council properties receive £58m investment (BBC) […]

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Media Watch – Feb 9

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Library gets a ‘hug’ as demonstrators fight cuts (Birmingham Mail, BBC online) Supporters of the Library of Birmingham gave the building a big hug as part of a rally against proposed cuts to opening hours Bureaucracy ‘preventing’ good council public service (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council staff have been accused […]

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Media Watch – Feb 6

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Perry Beeches V school will put others at risk (BBC online and BBC WM) A £10m new free school in part of Birmingham will cause an excess of pupil places and put other schools in the area at risk, Birmingham City Council has said. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted and interviewed […]

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Media Watch – Feb 5

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Snow Hill reborn (Birmingham Post, BBC online, BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central) The city’s business district is set for a dramatic transformation under plans to turn it into Birmingham’s Canary Wharf. Sir Albert Bore quoted and interviewed Threats? I’m too busy to care (Birmingham Post) Sir Albert Bore […]

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