Media Watch – June 12

By on 12/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Axe threat to 1,000 pupils’ free travel (Birmingham Mail) Free travel to Birmingham faith school pupils could be scrapped in the biggest overhaul of school transport in the city for 25 years.

Wage deal for low-paid council staff (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Birmingham’s new Labour cabinet has rubber-stamped a living wage minimum of £7.20 per hour for all council workers.

Schools’ £11m bid to find teen jobs (Birmingham Mail) Six Birmingham schools have submitted bids worth a total of£11.5 million to provide extra training and education places to keep teenagers off the dole queue.

Help for 8,000 ‘troubled families’ (Birmingham Mail) Almost 8,000 ‘troubled families’ are to be offered help in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country after councils signed up to the latest scheme designed to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

Tree row growing at new store site (Birmingham Mail) An old chestnut tree has been temporarily saved from bulldozers following a stand-off between residents and Tesco store developers.

Callers being ‘let down’ by city helpline (Birmingham Mail) Frustrated callers to Birmingham City Council’s £181.5 million call centre are being let down by council departments failing to tackle the problems, an inquiry has found.

More fitness for free in Kings Heath as city council launches new look ‘Be active’ scheme (B14 Kings Heath) New timetables have come in this week for the council’s BeActive programme – offering free swimming, gym sessions and other fitness activities for thousands of people in Kings Heath.

Birmingham to launch textiles collection partnership (letsrecycle.com) Birmingham city council is set to develop a partnership with local charities for the collection and recycling of textiles in a bid to increase material volumes and revenue.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Symphony Hall turns 21
The world-class concert venue will celebrate its birthday with concerts featuring the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tony Bennett and George Benson.

House deaths woman suicide theory
A woman who died in a double shooting in the West Midlands may have taken her own life, say police.

National Headlines

Record fall in ‘NHS satisfaction
‘Public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped by a record amount, the British Social Attitudes Survey suggests.

Church warning over gay marriage
Proposals for gay marriage would dilute an institution “vastly” important to a healthy society, the Church of England warns.

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