Media Watch – Dec 20

By on 20/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Salt stocks ‘believed to be sufficient’ in Birmingham (BBC) There are sufficient salt stocks to deal with below-freezing temperatures in the next few days, Birmingham City Council has said.

Brum social worker vacancies topping search engine’s list (Birmingham Mail) An internet search engine is being commandeered in an attempt to tackle a shortage of social workers in Birmingham.

Clamping boss guilty of con (Birmingham Mail) The boss of a car clamping company has been convicted of using a doctored ticket machine to con motorists in Birmingham out of hundreds of pounds.

ASBO unit staffing slashed by 82 per cent (Birmingham Mail) A key council-funded service for preventing yob behaviour and crime is being chopped by 82 per cent.

Work starts on new OAP village in city (Birmingham Mail) Work has started on another retirement village in Birmingham. the £22 million complex in Pannel Croft, Newtown, will provide 180 affordable homes for older people.

House has first tenants in 13 years( Birmingham Mail) A council house which has stood empty for 13 years has been given a new lease of life.

3,000 pay grade blunders costing city council £9m (Birmingham Mail) Almost 3,000 Birmingham City Council workers have won wage rises after appealing against a controversial pay and grading review.

‘Bonus for no sick days’ call (Birmingham Mail) Staff at Birmingham City Council should be paid an annual cash bonus if they get through a year without once being off sick, a former trade union official has suggested.

Gifts inspired by the field of gold (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at keepsakes inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard.

Going loco with Thomas and chums in Birmingham (News Letter – Northern Ireland) Feature about a winter break in Birmingham, including a visit to the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Regional Headlines

Men arrested in anti-terror raids
Twelve men have been arrested during a major anti-terrorist operation, West Midlands Police said.

Hammond defends London-to-Birmingham high speed train
The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has defended the plan to build a high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham.

Travel ban for English Defence League Birmingham men
Two English Defence League supporters have been banned from joining protests outside their home city for 10 years.

National Headlines

Snow travel chaos set to impact on Christmas week
Severe disruption caused by the UK’s freezing weather is set to continue into next week, as anger grows over a virtual shutdown at Heathrow airport.

George Osborne and Vince Cable to hold bank bonus talks
The chancellor and the business secretary will meet the heads of the biggest UK banks later in a bid to restrain them from paying big bonuses.

Gun laws are a ‘complex and confused’ mess, say MPs
Gun laws are a “complex and confused” mess and tighter controls on firearms licences are required, MPs have said.

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