Media Watch – Jan 7

By on 07/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of nationwide refuse collection backlog, including: Casuals cleared 40 per cent more bags than city’s binmen (Birmingham Mail) Casual staff recruited to clear rubbish piled up during the binmen’s dispute are working faster and harder than Birmingham City Council’s own crews, it has been claimed. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=15233

Youth work strike called off at 11th hour for talks (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Strike action by 180 Connexions youth service workers across the city was called off just half an hour before the walkout.

Recycle your old Christmas tree (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has launched its annual Christmas tree recycling scheme.

Care chiefs ‘not in the real world’ (Birmingham Mail) Bureaucrats and politicians appointed to sort out Birmingham’s failing children’s social services have been accused of ‘not living in the real world’. Tory city councillor Reg Corns said an improvement board selected by the Government contained people who knew nothing about the suffering of the poorest families in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham nursery worker charged over sex offences
The nursery where Mr Wilson worked is closed A nursery worker has been charged with sexual offences against a child.

Sandwell Council road repairs ‘may cost up to £1m’
City potholes repaired with grant Up to £1m may have to be spent by a West Midlands council to fix potholes after the recent cold weather.

National Headlines

Flu killed eleven people last week, HPA says
Eleven more people have died from flu across the UK, taking the total to 50, the Health Protection Agency says.

Ashes: England wrap up 3-1 series win over Australia 
England won the final Ashes Test in Sydney by an innings and 83 runs to wrap up the series 3-1 and secure their first win down under in 24 years.

NI Water overwhelmed by 1m contacts from customers
Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has apologised to customers for its handling of the recent water shortage.

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