Media Watch – Dec 1 (am)

By on 01/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham binmen paid bonuses even when on strike (Birmingham Post Online) Refuse collectors were living in a ‘parallel universe’ to the rest of council staff where workers were paid even if they were on strike, an employment tribunal heard.

New plans to revive Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham Post Online) New planning guidelines aimed at bringing Sutton Coldfield town centre into the 21st century and allowing it to punch its commercial weight have been rubber-stamped by the council.

Birmingham ‘to save £30 million’ as contracts awarded for council housing (24dash) Birmingham City Council today announced it is set to save £30 million after awarding maintenance contracts for council housing to organisations that have demonstrated ‘exceptional quality and value for money’.

Regional Headlines

Second hard shoulder scheme opens 
A second stretch of a motorway hard shoulder has opened for motorists to use during busy times. The seven-mile stretch of the M6, between junctions four and five, opened after ministers said a pilot on the M42 had proved successful.

Union fears job losses at Cadbury 
Union leaders have said they fear a take over of Birmingham-based chocolate firm Cadbury by US company Kraft will lead to “massive” job losses.

Legal move over death rate report 
A hospital trust is taking legal advice over the publication of a report which criticises its mortality rates.

Woman wins £3m birth injury award 
A woman is to receive about £3m in compensation for injuries that were caused to her when she was born 37 years ago. London’s High Court was told how Helen Walker has needed constant care since the delivery at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in July 1972.

National Headlines

Bid to free British yacht crew detained by Iran 
Foreign Office efforts are continuing to try to secure the release of five Britons detained by the Iranian navy while sailing from Bahrain to Dubai.

NHS ‘must get better at early cancer diagnosis’ 
The NHS in England must get better at diagnosing cancers at an earlier stage if it is to continue to improve survival rates, the cancer tsar says.

Breed inquiry into boy death dog 
Attempts to establish the breed of dog which mauled a four-year-old boy to death in Liverpool are continuing.

House prices continue to rise, says Nationwide 
UK house prices have risen for the seventh consecutive month, helped by better-than-expected news from the job market, the Nationwide has said.

Social workers licence plan in wake of Baby P case 
Social workers will need a licence to practice, a report aimed at boosting standards and morale is to recommend.

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