Media Watch – Jan 20 (am)

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Honey, I shrunk the sweet packets (Daily Mirror) When it comes to our favourite chocolate bar or bag of sweets, we all know that size does matter. Now trading standards watchdogs are on the lookout for companies which shrink their products without cutting the price. Cllr Neil Eustace, chairman of Birmingham City Council’s public protection committee is lobbying Minister for Consumer Affairs Kevin Brennan to close the loophole that makes the practice legal.
Crusade on 'shrink by stealth' – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6008

Widespread coverage of the Cadbury’s takeover. Cllr Nigel Dawkins appearing on C4 News, BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio WM.

Swine flu blamed for poor council performance (Birmingham Post online) Unwarranted swine flu panic among staff is being blamed for a sharp dip in Birmingham City Council’s performance last summer.

Birmingham staff await employment policy review (LocalGov.co.uk)
Staff at Birmingham City Council, Europe's largest local authority, have been warned the authority 'cannot employ people for the sake of it'. The statement, made at a cabinet meeting by Cllr Alan Rudge, who holds Birmingham's human resources portfolio, follows news last week that 1,300 staff are at risk of redundancy.

Birmingham social worker accused of failing to declare previous convictions (Birmingham Post online) An experienced social worker from Birmingham has been accused of misconduct for failing to declare she has been convicted of theft.

Brum transformation programme still delayed (lgcnet.com) Birmingham City Council is still behind schedule with its business transformation plan, a report has warned.

A Midland marvel (PPP Journal) Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council Stephen Hughes outlines how Birmingham has benefited from PPP and PFI procurement.

Birmingham gears up to usher in the Year of the Tiger (your-story.org) The free annual Birmingham Chinese New Year celebrations  will take place on Sunday February 1.

Regional Headlines

Widespread coverage of Khyra Isahq trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Hospital reported for hypothermia 
Children developed hypothermia at a hospital in the Black Country two years running, a senior doctor has said. Dr David Drew said eight children’s temperatures fell below 36C (96.8F) when the heating failed at Walsall Manor Hospital on 18 December 2009.

Body discovered near M5 embankment in West Midlands 
A body has been found in undergrowth near a motorway embankment in the West Midlands. The discovery was made at Demuth Way, in Oldbury, close to the M5, on Tuesday morning.

West Midlands is hot spot for ‘garden grabbing’ says Government report (Birmingham Post online) Garden-grabbing is a serious problem in the West Midlands, a Government report has confirmed. Research commissioned by Ministers found that the phenomena of developers buying and building on gardens was restricted to a few small ‘hot spots’ across the country.

University of Birmingham invites Hamas supporter to speak to students (Birmingham Post online) The University of Birmingham has been accused of allowing ‘a notorious Jew-hater and supporter of terrorist attacks’ to speak to students at an event on campus.

National Headlines

Police disciplined over taxi sex attacker Worboys 
Five police officers have been disciplined over an inquiry into sex assault claims against a taxi driver. John Worboys was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for raping one woman and attacking others in his London black cab. He is thought to have assaulted 100 women.

NHS in England ‘more efficient than rest of UK’ 
The NHS in England provides better value for money than elsewhere in the UK, a research group’s study suggests.

Man, 19, quizzed over death of woman near Reading river 
A man has been arrested after an 18-year-old woman was murdered on a riverside footpath in Reading.

Fathers to be offered more help 
Fathers are to be offered more support in bringing up children, under new plans being set out by the government.

Mervyn King gives warning over UK public deficit 
The governor of the Bank of England has renewed his warning to the government that it must cut the public deficit.

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