Media Watch – Feb 6

By on 06/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

431 children’s services staff on long-term sick leave (Birmingham Mail) More than 400 staff based in Birmingham’s children’s services department were on long-term sick leave last year, new figures have revealed.

Wheelie bin pilot wards are named (BBC WM) Brandwood and Harborne have been announced as the wards that will pilot Birmingham City Council's new wheelie bin refuse collection scheme later this year.

Minicabs to use car share lanes (Birmingham Mail) Minicabs will be allowed to use Birmingham’s bus and car share lanes for the first time in a bid to cut traffic congestion.

I’ll be a man of action, vows new Lord Mayor (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s next first citizen, Cllr Mike Leddy, has vowed to be an all-action Lord Mayor.

School’s top marks for exam success (Birmingham Mail) Staff and pupils at a comprehensive (The Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks) are celebrating after it was named one of the country’s top performing schools.

Cafe fined over mouse droppings (Birmingham Mail) The owners of a Birmingham cafe and takeaway have been ordered to pay over £2,850 after mouse droppings were found in food and on kitchen worktops.

Birmingham green belt could still be used to meet homes target as Labour and Lib Dems clash (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham’s Labour administration has refused to rule out building on the green belt as it looks to solve the city’s increasing housing crisis.

Charity ‘may cut city schemes’ (BBC) A charity says it may have to close schemes supporting hundreds of families in Birmingham if the city council cuts funding.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham gets fifth university
Birmingham now has five universities after the government approves higher education status for Newman University College.

Victim of hit-and-run crash Steven Chappell dies
A man who was left critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in Birmingham has died.

National Headlines

Party leaders hail gay marriage vote
Party leaders welcome the backing for same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, but opponents continue to raise concerns.

Inquiry reports on hospital scandal
The public inquiry into the failings at Stafford Hospital, where abuse and neglect contributed to hundreds of deaths, is to publish its findings.

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