Media Watch – Jan 29

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Re-think call on funding in communities (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been urged to re-think its social funding policy because some white working class communities might feel ethnic groups have been receiving preferential treatment, The recommendation is in a social cohesion committee report

Asset sale to fund equal pay claims? (Midlands Today and Radio WM) The BBC understands the council has been unsuccessful in its bid to government for a loan for £300m to support equal pay claims against the authority. The council is reported as saying it will comment only when formal notification is received from government

An LGBT centre, supported by Birmingham City Council, opens today in the city (WM)

Fury over 24/7 booze shop plan (Birmingham Mail) A petition has been raised against plans for a store selling alcohol round the clock, which will be considered by

Regional Headlines:

HS2 puts Brum at heart of network (Birmingham Mail) High speed rail will transform the West Midlands economy, business leaders predict

Ex-LDV staff wanted for new uni study (Birmingham Mail) A major study has been launched to investigate the fate of the 850 workers who lost their jobs when LDV collapsed

Woman dies after doorstep robbery (BBC online) A woman from Hawkesley near Kings Norton has died in hospital two weeks after being robbed on her doorstep

National Headlines:

UK troops set for EU Mali mission – The UK is expected to agree to send troops to train forces in Mali

Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs – Childminders in England are to be allowed to look after more children per adult

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