Media Watch – October 26

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Creative City launch (BBC Midlands Today, WM, Birmingham Mail, BRMB) Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has urged West Midlands business leaders to invest in creative industries as part of ambitious plans to boost the economy of Greater Birmingham and Solihull.

Councillor accidentally copied offensive email (Daily Telegraph, Metro) A senior Tory politician has been forced to apologise after he insulted a rival in an angry email, and accidentally copied it to all 120 fellow councillors.

Monkeys have a golden future on TV (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Nature Centre’s new Golden Lion Tamarins are set to become reality TV stars.

They’re off again! 2012 race opens (Birmingham Mail) The aches are only just starting to fade from the runners’ legs but entries for next year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run opened today.

Residents win fight for a crossing (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Birmingham have finally won their fight to have a zebra crossing installed at a junction (Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green) which they say is an accident waiting to happen.

Hospital’s future in spotlight (Birmingham Mail) The future of the old Selly Oak Hospital has been discussed in talks between city residents, councillors, school officials and businesses.

New venue means more can join Birmingham Diwali celebrations (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Diwali celebrations move to a new venue this year when the New Bingley Hall in Hockley hosts the event this Sunday.

Birmingham PFI team devise maintenance cost calculator (Local Transport Today) The Birmingham highways PFI project team has developed a method to calculate the maintenance costs of new roads and other highways infrastructure.

Birmingham City Council in ‘landmark’ union deal (People Management) Birmingham City Council has signed a landmark redundancy agreement with trade unions that has enabled a “more sophisticated” approach to workforce planning during budget cuts.

Regional Headlines

Travellers lose greenbelt appeal
Travellers in Meriden lose an appeal for retrospective permission to stay on greenbelt land.

Ambulance staff vote over strike
Ambulance staff in the West Midlands are being balloted on whether to join a day of nationwide industrial action on 30 November.

National Headlines

Calls to limit unfair dismissal claims
Unproductive workers should lose their right to claim unfair dismissal as part of an overhaul of UK employment laws, a leaked government report says.

Vince Cable fined over tax bill
The business secretary has been fined by the taxman for failing to pay up to £25,000 in VAT on media work and speaking engagements.

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