Media Watch – Dec 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Extensive coverage of yesterday’s public sector pensions strike.

Global firm establishes base in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) One of Europe’s largest construction and development companies (Shanska) has opened a new office in the heart of Birmingham’s business district as it looks for new opportunities in the region. Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, quoted.

Reborn studio could put city back on the media map (Birmingham Post) A groundbreaking television studio which once placed Birmingham at the heart of Britain’s broadcasting industry should be reopened, according to a city MP and mayoral candidate. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Equal pay claim could cost taxpayers (Birmingham Post) Council bosses have been left with a potential bill of tens of millions of pounds after losing an equal pay case with the prospect of being sued by thousands of women who for years were denied large bonuses paid to male workers.

Public savings ploy facing new setback (Birmingham Post) A move by Birmingham City Council to cut costs and protect jobs by transferring responsibility for school meals, cleaning and other education services to a social enterprise company has been scaled back after officials discovered a ‘magnitude of barriers’ standing in the way of the idea.

Teachers warned to set up Facebook page before pupils do (Birmingham Post) Teachers in Birmingham are being advised to open a Facebook account – to stop pupils cloning their identity.

‘Scrap heap’ for half of children in care (Birmingham Post) More than half of children brought up in the care of Birmingham City Council are at risk of falling onto the scrapheap by the time they are 19, new figures show.

60 new jobs at swimming pool (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first new swimming pool for more than 20 years (Harborne) is to create 60 new jobs.

BMX elite blazing trail to Brum (Birmingham Mail) The all-action BMX World Championship are returning to the UK after 15 years, with an indoor track at Birmingham’s NIA offering riders their last shot at Olympic glory.

Brum lotto raises new fears over gambling (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is to plough ahead with its plans for a People’s Lottery to raise money for sport, arts and culture projects despite fears it could impact on the poorer members of society.

£6.2 million saved (Building Engineer) Birmingham City Council is set to achieve revenue savings of £6.2 million in the current financial year through its innovative Working for the Future programme.

Cllr Sue Anderson on BBC WM explaining that eligible parents will still receive free access to creche facilities despite the closure of BAES creches.

Regional Headlines

Stations’ opening hours discussed
Proposals to reduce public opening hours at 12 stations in the West Midlands go before the police authority.

City ‘doctor’ bailed over deceit
A Birmingham man accused of passing himself off as a qualified doctor is granted conditional bail after appearing in court over fraud and deception.

National Headlines

Public sector pension talks begin
The government and the unions attempt to resolve the dispute about changes to public sector pensions, which led to widespread strikes.

Dry months raise drought concern
The drought affecting parts of England will last into next summer if there is insufficient winter rain, a new assessment from the Environment Agency warns.

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