Media watch – Jan 13

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Children’s chief suspended (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The director of Birmingham’s children’s social services department (Colin Tucker) has been suspended.

Widespread coverage of news that industrial action affecting the city’s refuse collection services has been suspended following the latest round of talks. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15363

Death of boy, 2: couple held (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC) An investigation was underway today into the ‘suspicious’ death of a Birmingham toddler who was known to social services. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15353

Kids must be shown gang life not for them (Birmingham Mail) Special report looking at the battle to stop young people joining gangs in Birmingham featuring Jackie Russell (Safer Birmingham Partnership).

Eric in a pickle over ‘delight’ at Birmingham budget cuts (Birmingham Post) Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has come under fire after saying he was ‘delighted’ that Birmingham City Council’s budget would be cut by eight per cent.

Library repairs must not deprive community projects (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s finance director has been warned not to cut community projects to pay the £1.8 million repair bill for Sutton Coldfield Library.

Do not cave in to opposition on rail link, warns council (Birmingham Post) The £18 billion high speed rail line from London to Birmingham should not be derailed by protesters, Birmingham City Council has warned.

Council racked up £500k taxi bill (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council spent £500,000 on taxi and private hire cars in just one month, new figures have revealed.

Tributes to leading curator of art in city (Birmingham Post) Tributes have been paid to one of the most highly regarded and longest serving art curators in Birmingham, who has died – Tessa Sidey, curator of fine art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. http://www.bmag.org.uk/news?id=136

Regional Headlines

Birmingham girl aged three dies from swine flu
A three-year-old girl from Birmingham has died from swine flu.

West Midlands Police to cut 1,000 police officer roles
Britain’s second largest police force will have to lose 1,000 police officer posts in the next four years due to spending cuts, MPs have been told.

National Headlines

Manchester City Council to cut 2,000 staff posts
About 2,000 jobs are at risk at Manchester City Council after the authority blamed government spending cuts for a shortfall in its budget.

Ministers confirm end of default retirement age
The Default Retirement Age (DRA) is to be phased out this year, the government has confirmed.

Michaela Harte murder accused makes police statement
A lawyer for one of three men accused of the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius has said his client has made a statement to police.

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