Media Watch – November 29

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£10k bill scuppers strike march (Birmingham Mail, BBC) The TUC has cancelled its march through Birmingham city centre to protest against public sector pension cuts due to a row about costs.

Heading for strike chaos (Birmingham Mail, BBC, WM) Overview of tomorrow’s planned strike action.

Birmingham City Council strike contingencies (BBC WM) Cllr Alan Rudge explains what plans are in place to minimise disruption tomorrow.

Pool is first to be privately run (Birmingham Mail) The name of the private company which will run Birmingham’s newest fitness centre and swimming pool (Harborne) has been revealed (DC Leisure Management).

Birmingham City Council schools chief won’t ask teachers to refuse to strike (Birmingham Post) The Conservative politician in charge of Birmingham’s schools is refusing to call on teachers not to walk out on strike in Wednesday’s national day of industrial action.

Region is better prepared for bad weather, say councils (Birmingham Mail) Motorway chiefs and councils say they are ready for any Arctic blasts which may hit the region.

Historic house opens doors to public (Birmingham Mail) The former home of one of Birmingham’s most famous politician s (Highbury Hall) will be open to the public for free on Sunday.

New eco council houses for Birmingham city centre (West Midlands Housing News) A street of 28 new eco homes has been completed by Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) and its partners at Morville Street in Ladywood.

Regional Headlines

‘Dog attack’ leaves 18 sheep dead
Police issue a warning to pet owners after a Solihull farmer finds 18 sheep killed in a suspected dog attack.

Report criticises Midlands trusts
Trust responsible for Wolverhampton and Dudley hospitals are criticised in a national report on death rates.

National Headlines

Osborne to unveil economy update
Chancellor George Osborne prepares to outline plans to boost the UK’s sluggish economy – against expected gloomy forecasts for growth.

Computer hacking warning for Hain
The former Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Hain, is understood to have been warned by police that his computer may have been hacked.

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