Media Watch – June 18

By on 18/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Teacher filmed sick hotel sex with girl of 15 (Birmingham Mail) William Hanna, a former Frankley Community High School teacher has been jailed for seven years. A council spokesperson, speaking on behalf of the school , said Hanna was suspended on the day he was arrested and his employment ceased on the day he was charged with the offence.

9,000 council houses set for upgrade (Birmingham Mail) A package worth £58million has been unveiled by the council. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted in support of the proposals.

Council staff sick days cost £7.5m (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The council missed its staff sickness absence target of 9.25 days per full-time employee in 2012/13, registering a final figure of 12.4 days. Long-term sickness was significantly reduced last year, saving the council £700,000 and proposals are now being drawn up to tackle the issue more generally.

City centre tunnel closures (BBC WM) Further coverage of the news that a short stretch of Broad Street between the Hyatt Hotel and Paradise Circus will be closed when improvement works are carried out to the city centre tunnels this summer. Broad Street BID manager Mike Olley said he felt fears were being exaggerated, while Steve Brittan, president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce said he was set to “boycott” the city, staging meetings elsewhere, such as near Birmingham Airport. Eddie Fellows from contractors Amey interviewed, saying the work was essential.

Rein in these Town Hall truffle hounds (Daily Mail) Richard Littlejohn column in which he criticises a number of areas of spend by local authorities, including Birmingham City Council's overseas travel - failing to acknowledge a trend for reduced spend, or the benefits that such trips have for the city.

Regional Headlines

Car parts firm DHL, Jaguar Land Rover's biggest supplier is facing a shopfloor revolt over compulsory weekend working.

The number of state school pupils attending the University of Birmingham has fallen from 78.9 per cent in 2002 to 76.1 per cent in 2011, according to a new report.

Police are questioning three suspected burglars found hiding in wheelie bins in Tipton.

National Headlines

Afghan forces have formally taken over security for the whole of the country from Nato-led troops, completing a process begun in 2011.

Tax, trade and transparency are expected to dominate discussions at the G8 summit, with leaders said to be close to agreeing a statement on Syria.

Up to 5,000 military personnel are expected to receive redundancy letters in the third and biggest round of Army job cuts following the 2010 defence review.

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