Media Watch – June 7

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Thousands of council workers to get pay rise (Birmingham Post) Thousands of dinner ladies, cleaners, street sweepers and other low-paid workers are set for pay rises in the first major act of Birmingham City Council’s new Labour cabinet.

New city quarter back on track (Birmingham Post) Work is set to begin on a £150 million scheme set to transform the top end of Digbeth after the developers signed up a new hotel for the Beorma Quarter site.

Controversial councillor who brought legend Ali to city dies (Birmingham Post) A former Birmingham politician (James Hunte) who lured boxing legend Muhammad Ali to the city has died aged 72.

Service adviser sacking fair (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A customer service adviser was fired after failing to properly respond to calls from Birmingham taxpayers, an employment tribunal was told.

120 languages in city schools…and 31 here (Birmingham Mail) It’s the Birmingham primary school where pupils speak an astonishing 31 different languages. English Martyr’s in Sparkhill is a veritable League of Nations with first-tongue dialects ranging from Polish, Romanian and Spanish to Afrikaans, Tamil and Arabic.

Regional Headlines

Woman is killed in van collision
A woman is killed when the car she is driving is in collision with a van in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Sixth guilty over riots shooting
A sixth person is convicted of firearms charges after police officers were shot at during last summer’s riots in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Germany ‘cannot act alone’ – PM
David Cameron says Germany cannot be expected to resolve the eurozone crisis on her own as he says its financial problems are the “biggest threat” to global prosperity.

Hosepipe ban ‘could be lifted’
Thames Water says it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather cut the risk of drought.

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