Media Watch – July 22

By on 22/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

11,000 Birmingham City Council staff told to take wage cut or lose their jobs (Birmingham Post) More than 11,000 Birmingham City Council workers will be forced to accept wage cuts of up to £6,000 a year, or face losing their jobs.

Heartbreak OAP ordered out of his home (Birmingham Mail) A pensioner has told how heartless housing officers ordered him to leave his home of 27 years after his partner left him. The three-bedroom house was under occupied when William Downes became single.

Clinical waste is left three weeks (Birmingham Mail) Teething problems with a new driver learning his round have been blamed for a three-week delay in collecting clinical waste outside a pensioner’s home.

United to fight poll for mayor (Birmingham Mail) Two political opponents (John Hemming and Roger Godsiff) have united in Birmingham – to campaign against the city getting an elected mayor.

School chiefs in firing line (Birmingham Mail) Education Secretary Michael Gove has lashed Birmingham City Council’s handling of education.

No ‘agreed position’ on Birmingham IT offshoring (publicservice.co.uk) Birmingham City Council has not reached final conclusions on reversing a decision to offshore IT jobs to India.

Child foundation proposal backed (Local Government Chronicle) Ministers and Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes have backed MP Graham Allen’s proposals to create an independent ‘early intervention foundation’.

Regional Headlines

Tower block ‘demolished by 2012′
A block of flats in the centre of Birmingham will be demolished by 2012 to make way for the revamped New Street station.

Woman found with serious injuries
A 30-year-old woman found unconscious at her Birmingham home is on a life-support machine.

Force ‘to cut’ 2,314 police staff
More than 2,000 jobs are likely to go at West Midlands Police by 2015, figures show.

National Headlines

James Murdoch evidence questioned
News International chairman James Murdoch’s evidence to MPs on phone hacking is called into question by two former company executives.

Painter Lucian Freud dies aged 88
Realist painter Lucian Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly regarded artists, has died at the age of 88.

Osborne welcomes Greece debt deal
Chancellor George Osborne welcomes the new bailout package for Greece, commending eurozone leaders on their “decisive economic action”.

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