Media Watch – Jan 29

By on 29/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council worker wins unfair dismissal case (Birmingham Mail) Coverage from an Employment Tribunal, which ruled that a council worker who was sacked after being accused of keeping a vulnerable pregnant woman in a rehabilitation centre against her will, and failing to arrange medical help for another, was unfairly dismissed. The tribunal said the ruling was based on a technicality (as the council had taken six months to allow her to appeal the dismissal, which was too long).

Health chief in call for super-strength booze to be barred (Birmingham Mail and BBC Online) Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, has claimed that some city stores are selling super-strong beer and cider cheaper than water. He has called for a voluntary code on the sale of strong alcohol. Cabinet Member Cllr Steve Bedser also quoted.

Nightmare on roads in 'tidal flow' failure (Birmingham Mail) The Aston Expressway tidal flow system was closed on Monday and Tuesday after technical problems. A spokesperson for the council's highways partner Amey quoted.

Centre for Cities report (BBC Midlands Today – Monday) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore interviewed on new think-tank study that reveals the ongoing economic dominance of London and the need for power to be shifted/rebalanced to regional cities.

There's a world of start-ups outside London (Sunday Times) A new report has revealed that Birmingham has the greatest number of start-up businesses outside of London. Neil Rami of Marketing Birmingham quoted, making reference to city council support projects such as Finance Birmingham.

Illegal Money Lending Team feature (Guardian – Saturday) Feature on the work of the nationwide team, hosted by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

New figures show that universities in Birmingham are now employing more than 10,000 people - making the sector one of the most significant within the wider workforce of the city.

NHS managers have approved the business case to build a new £380m hospital in the West Midlands. Plans for the 670-bed Midland Metropolitan Hospital have been drawn up by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust for land in Smethwick. It would replace Sandwell Hospital and City Hospital in Winson Green.

National Headlines

Some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees will be temporarily resettled in the UK, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Barclays plans to close a quarter of its branches in the UK and cut hundreds of jobs in its investment banking division as part of a restructuring, it has been reported. The lender is likely to replace about 400 branches with smaller outlets in Asda supermarkets.

Prime Minister David Cameron is a distant cousin of “pub landlord” comic Al Murray, it has emerged following the online publication of millions of files detailing Britain's history in India.

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