Media Watch – Oct 29

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Binmen rescued as refuse lorry overturns (Birmingham Mail) A team of binmen had to be rescued after their truck overturned in Aston last week.

Erdington gets £10k shops cash (Birmingham Mail) Erdington High Street is set to get a cash injection as part of the Portas Pilot scheme, to rejuvenate retail across the country.

Running out of salami to slice (Sunday Mercury) A story about the savings that need to be made by Birmingham City Council featured.

Poppy appeal launched (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Lord Mayor launches the Midlands poppy appeal in Victoria Square.

Bulky waste goes daily (Birmingham Mail) From November 12 Birmingham residents will be able to get their bulky rubbish collected five days a week.  Previously bulky rubbish only took place on Saturdays. Cllr James Mckay quoted.

Council chiefs in fuel bills plea (Birmingham Mail) Cllr James McKay has urged citizens to review their energy bills and consider changing suppliers if a cheaper option is available.

8,000 pupils miss three weeks of schooling (Birmingham Mail) Almost 8,000 pupils (7,621) missed at least 19 days of school between autumn 2011 and spring 2012 according to latest government figures.

Anti-crime force is up for award (Birmingham) A preview for this year’s city council Chamberlain Awards scheme. Cllr Muhammad Afzal is quoted.

Regional Headlines:
Solihull businessman Gianni Paladini is lining up a new £30million bid to take control of Birmingham City Football Club, according to local reports.

London Midland says three of its 1,311 train services are expected to be affected by an ongoing driver shortage.


National Headlines:

One in five workers in the UK is paid less than required for a basic standard of living (The Living Wage), a report from KPMG has claimed.

Millions of parents will receive letters from the UK tax authority this week about losing child benefit.

Public services begin shutting down and transatlantic flights are suspended as several eastern US states brace themselves for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

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