Media Watch – May 10

By on 10/05/2011 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council Headlines:

Equal pay tribunal rules in favour of Birmingham City Council staff (, BBC WM)
An equal pay claim could see BCC being forced to pay thousands of women years of back-dated pay and compensation after a tribunal ruling. (BCC statement claims disappointment with outcome but need to review decision)

Warning over fake condoms (B Mail)
A warning has been issued to amorous couples to check their contraceptives after a batch of fake condoms was found on sale in a city shop.

Proposals to improve busy route (B Mail)
Improvements to Chester Road, Erdington, are to be put to the public in a series of exhibitions this month.

Drawings by da Vinci to go on show (B Mail)
Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will go on show at the museum and art gallery to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Municipal Journal
- New pre-employment trainee scheme to help 16-25 year-olds (MJ Award finalist)
– Workforce transformation achievement of the year (MJ Award finalist)
– Legal ruling deals blow to city’s proposals to axe £1.4m funding
– Europe’s largest local authority set to quit LGA

Cuts to disability benefits are hitting families at the sharp end (Guardian)
News/feature/case study on older Birmingham couple with overnight carers; the city council’s ‘care-cutting business plan is unlawful'; and disabled people are using the courts to challenge multi-million pound spending cuts.

Green makeover (Local Authority Building & Maintenance)
BCC ‘Energy Savers’ scheme highlighted as leading by example in a special report on the Green Deal.

Where’s Whitby? Call to leader (B Mail)
(Political) Birmingham Ciy Council Tory Leader Mike Whitby has been accused of running scared after a poor night at the local elections. Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley defended. (news story + op ed)

Birmingham’s Labour group face challenges for leader and deputy roles (
(Political) Sir Albert Bore’s 12-year reign as Labour group Leader in Birmingham is facing a fresh challenge from an old colleague.

Deputy ‘sorry’ for Hitler jibe (B Mail)
(Political) City council deputy leader Paul Tilsley has apologised for likening the Birmingham Liberal Democrat and Labour Parties to Churchill and Hitler at the end of the war. (also letter ‘Lib Dems sold their soul’)

Regional Headlines:

Aston train attack woman makes appeal
A woman who underwent surgery to rebuild her face after being punched by a man on a train is issuing a plea to find her attacker.

Birmingham 'spy' cameras dismantled
West Midlands Police apologise again over the terror ‘spy’ cameras installed in mainly Muslim areas of Birmingham as they begin dismantling them.

Jobs – A tale of two cities (B Mail special investigation)
The latest statistics show that while as many as 44 people could be chasing every job in Hodge Hill, other parts of Birmingham were still working.

National Headlines:

Paper’s Lib Dem ‘sting’ censured
The Daily Telegraph did not have enough evidence to justify its decision to secretly tape Liberal Democrat MPs even though what it eventually uncovered was in the public interest, a media watchdog says.
Celebrity privacy laws ruling due
Judges are due to rule on ex-motorsports boss Max Mosley’s bid to force newspapers to notify people before exposing their private lives.

‘Rich’ university places proposal
Universities in England may be permitted to make extra places available for wealthy British students, under government proposals.

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