Media Watch – Dec 8 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham social services job cuts to cost city £17m (Birmingham Post Online) Plans to axe 405 social services jobs at Birmingham City Council would cost £17 million in redundancy and pension enhancements, it has emerged.

Tesco shop shut over health fears  (BBC) A Tesco Express store in Birmingham city centre has been temporarily closed by environmental health officers. A sign in the shop’s window said it was the subject of a hygiene emergency prohibition notice issued by Birmingham City Council.

Minister announces ‘energy makeovers’ for 500 homes (Building.co.uk) They are Birmingham City Council, Gentoo, Sunderland, British Gas, B&Q UK and Stroud District Council.

Cllr Paul Tilsley appeared on Radio WM (Phil Upton) discussing the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

Regional Headlines

New archbishop welcomed with mass (BBC) The new Archbishop of Birmingham will be officially welcomed to the city with a special service later. In October the Vatican announced Bishop Bernard Longley would succeed Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who is now Archbishop of Westminster.

Man charged over indecent calls  (BBC) A man has been charged with public nuisance in relation to indecent phone calls to primary schools, nurseries and dental practices across the UK. The 55-year-old, from the Tile Cross area of Birmingham, was arrested on Sunday night.

Murder quiz police get more time  (BBC) Police have been granted more time to question nine people over the death of a 57-year-old man in Birmingham. Police begun a murder inquiry after the man died in hospital following an incident in Wychall Road, Northfield, in the early hours of Saturday.

National Headlines

Internet safety for children targeted 
Lessons in using the internet safely are set to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school children in England from 2011. The lessons are one element of a new government strategy being unveiled called “Click Clever, Click Safe”.

Afghanistan death brings resolute military response 
British armed forces leaders have urged the public not to judge the Afghanistan campaign by casualties alone after the 100th military death of this year.

Richard Branson unveils Virgin Galactic space shuttle 
Sir Richard Branson has unveiled the rocket plane he will use to take fare-paying passengers into space.

UK aviation ‘must be given some growth room’ 
Heathrow can expand and people can fly more without ruining the country’s carbon targets, says the UK government’s official climate watchdog.

Border Agency bonuses criticised by MPs 
MPs have criticised bonuses totalling £295,000 paid to UK Border Agency officials last year, saying it was still clearly under-performing.

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