Media Watch – Dec 12

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham leader sees ‘end of local government as we have known it’ after forecasting £600m cuts (Local Government Executive) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said it was ‘the end of local government as we have known it’ after the authority forecast that it needs to save £600 million by 2017 – much more than previously expected.

‘No plans’ to privatise bin collections (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have no plans to privatise bin collections – at the moment, unions said.

Loan sharks cash boosts 10 schemes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham domestic violence victims will be taught how to budget their cash – thanks to money clawed back from loan sharks.

Regional Headlines

School closed after metal thefts
A primary school in the West Midlands where thieves caused damage put at £30,000 will be closed until the New Year.

Jeweller hit with sledgehammer
A jeweller is hit across the head with a sledgehammer by thieves who break into his shop in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Finucane murder report awaited
A senior lawyer’s review of the extent of security force collusion in the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane is being published later.

Two-thirds ‘would ignore trouble’
Two-thirds of the public would walk on by if they saw a group of teenagers drinking and verbally abusing passers-by in the street, a survey commissioned by think-tank Policy Exchange suggests.

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