Media Watch – Jan 5 (am)

By on 05/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Stay home’ warning as norovirus hits Birmingham hospitals and schools (Birmingham Post online) Infected people are being banned from care homes, hospitals, school and work across the region as the winter sickness bug crisis deepens.

Birmingham City Council to open revamped panel to 38 authorities (The Lawyer) Birmingham City Council (BCC) has completed the tender for its £6m legal panel, which 38 other local authorities are able to access. The largest local authority in the UK began a tender process in 2008, which saw the total number of appointees slashed from 21 to 12 and the combined number of sub-panels reduced. At the same time the total legal spend has increased by £1m.

Regional Headlines

Nestle rules out bid for Cadbury 
Food giant Nestle says it does not intend to table a takeover bid for Cadbury despite recent speculation.Separately, Kraft has announced that it will increase the proportion of cash in its offer to Cadbury shareholders in order to make its bid more attractive.

Willenhall woman dies days after pub injury 
A woman has died following an incident in a north Worcestershire village pub. Tajinder Kaur Basi, from Willenhall, West Midlands, was found with head injuries in the Robin Hood in Drayton, in the early hours of 28 December.

Six bailed in £50m fraud inquiry 
Six people have appeared in court charged with taking part in a £50m mortgage fraud. The accused, from London, Birmingham and Hertfordshire, include four former solicitors, a surveyor and a property developer.

National Headlines

Snow set to spread as deep freeze continues 
Heavy snow and icy roads are causing chaos across most of the UK, where Met Office severe weather warnings are in place as the “deep freeze” continues.

Parties to unveil plans for supermarkets and food 
The Tories say they plan to introduce a new supermarket ombudsman to support the interests of farmers against abuses of power by large food retailers.

John Lewis Christmas sales reach record 
The John Lewis department store chain has reported its best-ever Christmas season sales.

New boiler scheme to cut energy bills and save hundreds 
A government scheme which gives households £400 off the cost of a new boiler will be launched later. The Boiler Scrappage Scheme was announced in the Pre Budget Report last month.

Gurkhas ‘in need after coming to the UK with nothing’ 
Military charities say they have “grave concerns” about their ability to cope with the number of former Gurkhas coming to them for assistance.

Lib Dem votes are not “for sale” Clegg tells opponents 
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has warned Labour and the Conservatives that his party’s supporters cannot be “bought off” by empty promises of change.

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