Media Watch – Dec 3

By on 03/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Discount offer in garden tax furore (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have already slashed the price of next year’s garden tax. (This is a repetition of last year’s early bird offer) The article states subscribers will receive a brown bin, when it is in fact a grey bin with a brown lid

Sunlight to transform New Street (Birmingham Mail) Demolition crews broke through the final layer of concrete to allow sunlight to flood the station concourse

Flu outbreak shuts school for two days (Birmingham Mail) Kings Norton primary school has shut for two days for a precautionary deep clean after around 100 pupils were off sick with flu-like symptoms

Protecting children from sex abuse is a job for all of us (Guardian) Birmingham City Council’s CSE scrutiny report referenced in article on child sexual exploitation

Birmingham explores work-place parking levy (Local Transport Today) Birmingham City Council is to investigate a work-place parking levy as a way of part-funding its new Birmingham Connected transport strategy. Paul Dransfield quoted from the cabinet report

Wattville primary in Handsworth has closed due to a nearby fire (WM and BBC online)

Regional Headlines:

Dead toddler was ‘cold and starring’ – A mother accused of murdering her 22-month-old son found his “cold and staring” body, a court hears

Bosses table new offer in JLR pay row – A Christmas truce in a bitter pay row is on the cards at JLR after the company tabled a new two-year offer

National Headlines:

Osborne urged to repair UK deficit – Chancellor George Osborne is urged to “finish the job” of repairing the country’s finances – just hours before he unveils his Autumn Statement

Thousands mourn Hughes at funeral – Family, friends, dignitaries and team-mates turn out for the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes

Medieval city ‘detected’ with no dig – A detailed plan of a medieval city near Salisbury in Wiltshire is produced by experts without the need for a single archaeological dig

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