Media Watch – Jan 15 (pm)

By on 15/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Council job cuts condemned (BBC Midlands Today lunchtime bulletin - lead story, also Radio WM, Central News) It was claimed that 1300 jobs are at risk, as the council struggles to make huge savings, though redundancies should be kept to a minimum and frontline services will not be affected.  Unison has spoken out, saying this is “horrendous” and “the tip of the iceberg.”
Households still awaiting refuse collection (BBC Midlands Today lunchtime bulletin) Broadcasting live from a street in Selly Oak with a steep incline, claims were made of bin bags not having been collected since before Christmas.  The Council said that this was due to the recent adverse weather conditions and the bags would be collected next Wednesday.  Other councils were also identified as being behind with their collections.
“Work at half term” anger (Birmingham Mail) Teachers unions have reacted angrily to suggestions that schools should open in the half-term holiday to make up for lessons lost during the big freeze.

Mentally-ill “need help, not ASBOs” (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Carl Rice has claimed that nuisance neighbours who suffer from mental illness are being treated like criminals by council anti-social behaviour teams.  Cllr John Lines also quoted.

Emergency school call for ex-pupil (Birmingham Mail) A shocked mother today demanded answers from her daughter's old school after she received an emergency message asking her to collect the youngster from there, four months after she left.

£5m grant to create new council homes (Birmingham Mail) Work will begin on new council homes in Birmingham this March after the city won more than £5 million in Government cash.

City cabs are safe, vows chief (Birmingham Mail) Licensing chief Cllr David Osborne has told late night revellers that they are safe when they get into a black cab in the city.

Regional Headlines:

Police are seeking the identity of a man who died less than an hour after having been dumped in the snow on a street corner in Hockley.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has pledged a £250 million investment to upgrade the Chiltern Line, cutting train journey times from Birmingham to London by a fifth.

A court has heard that a Birmingham bank manager helped to steal £1.3 million from pensioners.

A school in Dudley was evacuated yesterday when intruders sparked a bomb scare.

National Headlines:

A man who admitted making nail and ball bearing bombs at his home in West Yorkshire has been jailed for 11 years at the Old Bailey.

Shadow chancellor George Osborne has said that the Conservatives would start to cut public spending straight away if they won the General Election this year.

900 jobs will be lost as motor parts manufacturer Bosch announced the closure of its plant in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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