Media Watch – Dec 4

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tories at half-time: cruel and inept, with worse to come (Guardian) Article previewing the Chancellor’s autumn statement references Birmingham City Council’s budget.

Whooping cough vaccination appeal (BBC WM) Pregnant women in Birmingham are being urged to take up the offer of a whooping cough vaccination after a sharp increase in the number of cases across the West Midlands.

LGBT health centre is a first (Birmingham Mail) A pioneering health centre, partially funded by BCC, set up specifically for Birmingham’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will be the first of its kind in England and Wales when doors open in January.

Council’s call firm makes cuts pledge (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham City Council has thrown down the gauntlet to its biggest contractor (Service Birmingham) to save £20 million within the next year.

Sweet shop ‘No risk to public’  (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham food firm has been given a clean bill of health by hygiene bosses following claims a bug was found in one of its sweets. Council officials said no action would be taken against Sparkhill-based Mushtaq’s and there was no public health risk.

OAPs have pull chords removed to save £1.08 (Birmingham Mail) Pensioners are set to have their emergency pull chords removed from their hopes – so Birmingham City Council can save on the £1.08 weekly cost for each user.

Don’t let criminals cash in at Christmas (Birmingham Mail) A new drive has been launched to stop Christmas shoppers falling victim to festive fakes.

Regional Headlines

Legal challenge to London to Birmingham high speed rail
Campaigners have taken their battle against the planned High Speed Rail Link from London to Birmingham to the High Court.

Death rates ‘higher than expected’ at two West Midlands trusts
Mortality rates at two West Midlands health trusts were higher than expected, a report has found. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust were named in the Dr Foster guide as higher than expected on two out of four mortality measures.

National Headlines

Second day in hospital for Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge, whose pregnancy was announced on Monday, is beginning a second day in hospital for treatment for severe morning sickness.

Editors meet Cameron over Leveson
Newspaper editors are meeting the prime minister and the culture secretary to set out their ideas for a new system of press regulation.

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