Media Watch – Dec 17

By on 17/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

No deal – so binmen still set to strike (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of Birmingham binmen were today launching industrial action over council plans to cut their pay by up to £4,000.

Birmingham City Council staff win wage rises after appeal (Birmingham Almost 3,000 workers at Birmingham City Council have won wage rises after successfully appealing against a controversial pay and grading review.

£24m NHS savings by fixing homes (Birmingham Mail) An incredible £24 million could be saved by the NHS within months if just over £6 million was spent fixing cold and unsafe houses in Birmingham, a city council report has claimed.

Families find rats and fleas at B&Bs (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Birmingham housing chiefs have vowed to phase out the use of bed and breakfasts for homeless families after discovering squalid conditions during a series of inspections.

Tearaway teen girl was public disgrace (Birmingham Mail) A pig-tailed teenage tearaway has been handed an anti-social behaviour order for bringing months of misery to an inner city community as part of a notorious street gang.

LEP sets up loan fund to aid Birmingham firms (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has launched a multi-million pound finance company that will offer support to small and medium sized businesses across the city.

Cenex: Midlands to lead on electric vehicle charge point deployment (Pr Inside,,, Morning Star) Cenex - the UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon vehicle technologies - has announced that the Midlands will be one of the eight UK 'Plugged-In Places' selected by Government to lead on electric vehicle infrastructure deployment.

New retirement complex in Birmingham (BBC WM) Cllr John Lines interviewed about Westhall Court.

Telensa lit up by £4m contract (Construction Digital,, Cambridge company Telensa awarded a five-year street lighting contract by Birmingham City Council and Amey.

Regional Headlines

Warning of heavy snow in West Midlands
Drivers have been warned that widespread ice was likely to cause dangerous driving conditions across the West Midlands.

Lung disease former MG Rover workers get compensation
A group of 79 ex-MG Rover workers have received compensation for what experts said was the largest such outbreak of occupational lung disease in the world.

Compulsory police retirement agreed for West Midlands
West Midlands Police Authority has agreed to introduce compulsory retirement for police officers who have served for more than 30 years.

National Headlines

Ambulance response time for less urgent calls faces axe
A target requiring ambulances in England to attend less urgent 999 calls within 19 minutes is expected to be scrapped by the government.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange tells of ‘smear campaign
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said attempts to extradite him to Sweden over sexual assault allegations are part of a “smear” campaign.

Ealing police stabbings: Man on attempted murder charge
A 30-year-old man has been charged with attempting to murder a police constable and a police community support officer (PCSO) in west London on Wednesday.

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