Media Watch – Feb 15

By on 15/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Deal saves city advice centres (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Citizens Advice Bureau offices across Birmingham are to stay open after a bitter row between the city council and Bureau managers was finally resolved.

A bleak future (Birmingham Mail) Council budget cuts will see dole queues grow and services slashed and leave Birmingham’s fragile economy reeling, the leader of the city’s largest business group has claimed.

New bin strike fear over contract row (Birmingham Mail) City Council chiefs have set themselves on collision course with the trade unions, binmen and council workers by imposing controversial new contracts which remove shift and overtime allowances from 26,000 staff.

Leader denied taking pleasure from cuts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A row over Birmingham’s £320 million cuts programme descended into a bitter slanging match after Tory council leader Mike Whitby was accused of taking pleasure from slashing public services and axing thousands of jobs.

Ring and ride ‘not value for money’ (Birmingham Mail)  Birmingham’s Ring and Ride bus network must be overhauled because the cost has rocketed to £6 for every journey by each passenger, councillors have said.

30% drop in ‘Big Society’ charity fund (Birmingham Mail) A voluntary group in the Birmingham community praised by David Cameron for inspiring his Big Society vision is facing a 30 per cent funding drop as the cuts begin to squeeze. St Paul’s Community Development Trust will see its budget from Birmingham City Council cut by almost a third this year.

Dead mice in restaurant (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a ‘filthy and disgusting’ Birmingham restaurant has been fined more than £7,700 after inspectors found two dead mice below customer seats and mouse droppings throughout the premises.

Electric firm is threatened with blackout (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham electrical supplier faces a permanent blackout – thanks to an ‘incorrect’ rates demand for more than £66,000 in a blazing row over a derelict floor.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Islamic school shuts over Channel 4 show
An Islamic school in Birmingham has said it is shutting for half term four days early to ensure pupils’ safety over a Channel 4 programme.

Norovirus outbreak shuts more wards across Birmingham and the Black Country
A Birmingham hospital has shut three wards to new admissions and visitors after a Norovirus outbreak.

National Headlines

NHS ‘failing to treat elderly with care and respect’
The NHS is failing to treat elderly patients in England with care, dignity and respect, an official report says.

Barclays reports annual profits of £6.07bn
Banking group Barclays has reported pre-tax profits of £6.07bn for the full-year 2010, slightly higher than analysts were expecting.

London 2012 Olympic Games schedule released 
The schedule of events for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been released.

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