Media Watch – Feb 17

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City will have a major presence at MIPIM (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s team at MIPIM will see more than 20 speakers involved in 14 events when they descend on the south of France next month for the annual property show.

Sickness levels rising at Birmingham City Council as crackdown fades (Birmingham Post) Sickness levels at Birmingham City Council have risen consistently since the summer, raising fears that a crackdown on absenteeism has run out of steam.

Bid to end ‘mob rule’ by seagulls (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council pest controllers have vowed to fight back against seagulls.

Tribunals unit faces cuts axe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Tribunal Unit has warned it faces closure when its funding from the city council is terminated in march.

These aren’t just cuts – this is dismantling the council (Birmingham Post) The swathe of cutbacks proposed by Birmingham City Council will see the most radical change in public services for more than 50 years.

Private sector and most vulnerable will be the big losers as budget package hits home (Birmingham Post) Labour and the trade unions reacted with anger at Birmingham City Council’s cuts plan and elements of the package were also criticised by a prominent business leader.

Green light for £57m housing budget (Insider Media) A budget of £57.8m has been approved by Birmingham City Council for investment in council properties this year.

Regional Headlines

Walsall Manor Hospital re-opens after norovirus bug
Walsall Manor Hospital says it has re-opened all of its wards to visitors after an outbreak of the norovirus vomiting bug 10 days ago.

Pope visit to UK cost taxpayers £6.9m
The Pope visited the UK for four days in September 2010 The Pope’s four-day UK visit in 2010 cost taxpayers £6.9m, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Two men ‘fire shots’ into Kitts Green house
Shots have been fired at a house in Birmingham, police said.

National Headlines

Cameron ‘to abandon plans to change forest ownership’
Ministers are preparing to ditch controversial plans to sell thousands of acres of state-owned woodland in England, the BBC understands.

BAE Systems sales growth flat amid defence cuts
UK defence group BAE Systems has reported a rise in profits in 2010, but sales growth was sluggish following a decline in government spending.

Welfare overhaul to be outlined by ministers
The government is to set out how it intends to overhaul the welfare system to try to make work pay better and to tackle the “benefit culture”.

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