Media Watch – Dec 7

By on 07/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Special four-page supplement in the Birmingham Mail looking at Birmingham City Council’s budget challenge.

‘Filthy’ cafe left cops ill (Birmingham Mail) A pensioner has been electronically tagged after poisoning almost 50 police officers as they battled to keep order on Birmingham’s streets. A Birmingham City Council investigation revealed ‘filthy’ conditions at the Meal Machine cafe in Mount street, Nechells.

More coverage of the big freeze (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council remains confident grit supplies are sufficient to keep the city moving.

Library buys archive (Black and White Photography) Acclaimed photographer and influential teacher John Blakemore has sold his archive to Birmingham Central Library.

Cuts don’t have to hit anti-social behaviour schemes (Public Sector.co.uk) A local community project in Birmingham, Streetwise that has tackled anti social behaviour on an extremely limited budget has been very successful and is looking forward to a further year of progress despite the economic conditions that are forcing similar schemes to reduce their activities or even close down, writes Birmingham City Council cabinet member for equalities and HR Councillor Alan Rudge.

Up to 5,000 Jobs could Be Lost In Birmingham City Council Due To Spending Cuts (eGov Monitor) GMB, public services union, was last night given a Section 188 statutory advance HR1 notice of redundancy by Birmingham City Council which specifies that 2,450 posts will be cut in 2011/12 as part of the cuts set out in the Tory/Liberal Comprehensive Spending Review.

UK – Birmingham Moslem community outraged over Halal meat (Meat Trade News) Members of the Birmingham Muslim community raised concerned to the Birmingham EHO with regards to halal poultry falsely labelled by major high street chain KFC. The claims in the journal have been disputed by the City Council.

Regional Headlines

Fourth man charged with Birmingham shopkeeper’s murder
A fourth man has been charged with murdering a Birmingham shopkeeper who was killed at his store.

Students’ fees protest at Lib Dem John Hemming’s office

The office of a Liberal Democrat MP was taken over by several protesters urging him to vote against a rise in tuition fees later this week.

National Headlines

Snow and ice alerts in place after drivers are trapped
Snow and ice is continuing to cause chaos in parts of the UK, with hundreds of drivers stuck overnight in Scotland.

Ashes: England complete innings win in Adelaide Test

England bowled out Australia for 304 to win the second Test in Adelaide in emphatic fashion by an innings and 71 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes.

Small daily aspirin dose ‘cuts cancer risk’

A small daily dose of aspirin – 75mg – substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests.

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