Media Watch – Feb 13

By on 13/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council offers cash bonus to cut staff (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Council bosses are to offer thousands of workers double redundancy pay in a bid to encourage more staff to leave the authority. Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, interviewed by BBC.

Birmingham faces Olympic catering shortfall of £7.7m (BBC) Lack of earnings from an Olympic Games catering contract could leave Birmingham City Council having to cover an almost £8m shortfall.

Funding secures future of South Birmingham young homeless project (West Midlands Housing News) The future of a valuable service which supports hundreds of young homeless people in South Birmingham has been secured for another year.

Birmingham tackles obesity with maps (GiS Professional) Birmingham is considered the EU’s fattest city. Now the Birmingham and Solihull NHS, in cooperation with Birmingham City Council have mapped the number of fast food outlets, particularly in deprives areas of the city.

The star machine (Guardian) Feature looking at the Birmingham Rep.

Regional Headlines

HS2 route properties bought for £43m
A government compensation scheme for people “significantly adversely affected” by the HS2 rail line spends more than £43m on 72 properties.

Driver Jasminder Singh Dhesi jailed over M5 fatal crash
A Birmingham coach driver admitting causing the deaths of two people in a crash with a lorry on the M5 motorway has been jailed for six years.

National Headlines

Horsemeat probe ‘will be relentless’
The investigation into allegations of horsemeat mislabelling will be “relentless”, the Food Standards Agency says, following two raids at meat firms in the UK.

Elderly ‘suffer from poor home care’
A quarter of home-care services provided to the elderly in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, inspectors say.

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