Media Watch – Jan 25

By on 25/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Economic impact of big chill still being felt (BBC R4’s The World at One) Birmingham City Council Strategic Director of Resources interviewed as part of a series looking at the UK economy in 2011.

Watchdog targets dodgy car dealers (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs (Birmingham Trading Standards) are stepping up a campaign warning drivers of the potential pitfalls of buying second-hand cars after finding clocked cars, write-offs and misdescribed vehicles for sale on the streets of Birmingham.

Pick up a pack of chicken and a food poison bug (Daily Telegraph) Shoppers are more likely to pick up food poisoning from handling a pack of chicken in a supermarket than from a raw bird, a Birmingham City Council survey has found.

The cities where white children are a minority (Daily Mail) Children from white families are in the minority in both Birmingham and Leicester, according to researchers. Story based on 2007 Manchester University report.

New Year to go with a bang (Birmingham Mail) Organisers of Birmingham’s official Chinese New Year celebrations say next month’s festival will be the biggest and best yet.

Investigating open source (CILIP Update and Gazette) Birmingham City Council is set to look again at increasing its use of open source software, as part of a cost-cutting programme which aims to save £330m by 2014.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police struggling amid cuts, says Cooper
West Midlands Police is struggling to fight crime while it is losing 1,000 police officer posts, the shadow home secretary says.

High Court battle over Building Schools for the Future
A legal challenge to the government’s decision to axe England’s secondary school rebuilding programme is getting underway.

Birmingham scheme cuts River Tame flood risk
A £380,000 river clearing scheme should reduce the flood risk for many properties in Birmingham, the Environment Agency has said.

National Headlines

UK economic growth expected to slow
The UK’s economic growth is expected to have slowed over the last three months of 2010, economists have warned.

Four children dead in Derbyshire house fire
Four young children have died in a house fire in Derbyshire.

Domodedovo blast: FCO checks for Britons affected
The UK Foreign Office is urgently checking whether any Britons were caught up in an explosion that has reportedly killed 31 people at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

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