Media Watch – June 25

By on 25/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Service Birmingham savings (Extensive coverage including BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM and Birmingham Mail) The council is set to bring its contact centre in house as part of a wider £150m package of savings agreed with Service Birmingham. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted as saying the proposals provide a major step forward in reducing costs.

Ministers reject council ban on 'chuggers' (Birmingham Mail) An attempt to pass a by-law preventing charity collectors from the city centre has been turned down. Local government minister Brandon Lewis said the council should work with fundraising organisations to agree how and where “chuggers” can operate.

Mayor towers above the rest (Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah put his climbing skills to the test by trying out a new 13-metre climbing tower operated by one of the city's oldest charities - the Birmingham Boys and Girls Union.

Green waste charging conundrum (Local Authority Waste and Recycling) Feature looking at the issue of how councils collect garden waste. Looks at issues in Birmingham. Council spokesperson quoted as saying the authority is in a transitional period from the old free scheme to the new chargeable one. Also features comments from John Hemming MP, who says it was a “mistake” to bring in the charge.

A tale of three cities (Residential Property Investor) Article concludes that Birmingham could be the biggest winner from the HS2 scheme. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Regional Headlines

Singer Noddy Holder is given the freedom of Walsall.

An inquest into the death Lloyd Butler has determined he should not have been in a cell when he died at Stechford Police Station in 2010.

National Headlines

The jury in the phone-hacking trial is to return to consider two outstanding counts after Andy Coulson was found guilty of conspiring to hack phones.

Longer waits to see a GP in the UK are “becoming the norm”, the British Medical Association is warning. BMA GP leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul said “chronic underfunding” meant patients were often having to wait one or two weeks for an appointment.

Employers are to be banned from stopping staff with zero-hours contracts seeking extra work elsewhere. Business Secretary Vince Cable said “unscrupulous” firms had abused the flexibility offered by the contracts.

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