Media Watch – July 16 (pm)

By on 16/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

BBC Midlands Today Birmingham City Council's trading standards officers have worked closely with the police to help arrest 4 people this morning, all connected to the fraudulent National Parking Control clamping company. Head of trading standards, Chris Neville, interviewed.

Origami butterflies cause flap at council (Birmingham Mail, page) A series of “wacky” motivational emails from BCC chief executive Stephen Hughes urged up to 30,000 staff to make little paper butterflies. BCC spokesman quoted alongside Stephen Hughes, who says he would advised promoters of projects to do things differently.

Pay appeals at council (Birmingham Mail) BCC has been forced to hire private sector human resource experts to deal with an avalanche of appeals against a controversial pay and grading review.

Reptiles light up under drugs lamps (Birmingham Mail) Police who busted a cannabis factory in Birmingham have donated the lamps to a wildlife sanctuary. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Road awards near finish (Birmingham Mail) Six years of delays, legal wrangles, bidding wars and political manoeuvring are set to end later this month when BCC finally wards a £2.2 billion contract to repair and maintain its roads over the next 25 years. Amey and Birmingham Street Service are competing for the contract.

Carers in back-up scheme (Birmingham Mail) More than 100,000 Birmingham carers are being offered a welcome “safety net” to ensure loved ones are safe if they are in an accident or running late as part of a new council-run emergency scheme. Cllr Sue Anderson quoted.

Residents in 'death' road action call (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents were today demanding city council officials install speed humps on a road where a teenage boy was killed three years ago.

Regional Headlines

A Black Country hospital had too few nurses on 73 occasions during the winter.

A boy and a woman are arrested in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old man in a Birmingham street.

A former prison officer was forced out of her job after being bullied because she was pretty, a tribunal hears.

National Headlines

A lack of helicopters is undermining UK forces’ work and troop protection in Afghanistan, an MPs’ committee says.

The number of killings in England and Wales drops by 17% to a 20-year low, latest crime figures show.

Writers including Philip Pullman boycott schools over order to register on a database proving fitness to work with children.

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