Media Watch – Jan 28

By on 28/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Resign’ call over CAB cuts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham’s opposition Labour leader called on the ruling Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition to resign after it emerged the city’s five Citizens Advice Bureau offices were to close next month following the withdrawal of council funding.

Parents to set up own college (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at plans for a new college (The Lindridge) for teenagers and young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. One of the parents behind the scheme says Birmingham City Council has been very supportive.

High Speed Rail will create 8,000 jobs – George Osborne (BBC) Chancellor George Osborne has announced that thousands of jobs will be created by a new high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/chancellor-in-birmingham-to-announce-8000-high-speed-jobs/

Birmingham homes test smart meters (Computerworlduk.com, COI.com) Birmingham City Council has backed a project that saw homes across the city implementing smart meters.

Food bugs found on chicken packaging (Farmers Weekly) A survey by Trading Standards Officers at Birmingham City Council has found potential serious health risks from plastic packaging used to  cover uncooked chicken.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham man jailed for murdering partner
A 40-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering his partner in Birmingham.

Gang ‘smashed into bank in Birmingham with JCB’
An armed gang smashed their way through the rear wall of a bank after stealing a JCB normally used for digging graves from a nearby cemetery, a court heard.

Five arrested over ‘Anonymous’ web attacks
Five men have been arrested over a spate of recent web attacks carried out in support of Wikileaks. The five males are being held after a series of arrests at residential addresses in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London this morning.

National Headlines

Union bosses to decide whether to hold anti-cuts strike
Union leaders will decide later whether to support a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action to oppose the government’s spending cuts.

The case for change in NHS ‘over-sold’
The government has over-sold the need for its overhaul of the NHS in England, a leading health economist suggests.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar campaigners’ cases reviewed by CPS
The cases of 20 environmental activists convicted of plotting to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station are to be reviewed, the BBC has learned.

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