Media Watch – March 15

By on 15/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Our second city is in urgent need of first aid (The Times) Lord Adonis explains why he believes Birmingham needs an elected mayor.

Labour: We’ll axe contract (Birmingham Mail) The controversial new wage structure which will see thousands of Birmingham City Council staff lose shift and allowance money could be torn up within two years, it has been claimed. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/cabinet-agrees-birmingham-contract-impact-on-low-paid-reduced/

Social care cuts package passed by council chiefs (Birmingham Mail) An overhaul of social care in Birmingham – which could see 4,100 people lose services while the council saves £51 million – has been approved by city chiefs.

New policy for children is approved (Birmingham Mail) A restructuring of Birmingham’s children’s services department has been approved by the council’s cabinet. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/cabinet-approves-report-outlining-future-for-childrens-services/

12 months, 126,171 tickets and £4.3m in fines (Birmingham Mail) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has pulled in more than £4 million in parking tickets from its 32 parking wardens in just 12 months. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/01/parking-enforcement-2010/

St Patrick’s nets a big city pay day (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham business leaders have welcomed the ‘amazing turnout’ at the city’s St Patrick’s Day street party which generated tens of thousands of pounds for the local economy. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/sun-shines-on-birminghams-parade/

Worker stole £17,000 from bosses (Birmingham Mail) A youth offender worker with Birmingham City Council has admitted stealing almost £17,000 following a wage blunder.

Sustainable forum to take place in city (Birmingham Mail) A forum takes place on Thursday asking the question ‘How can we make our neighbourhoods more sustainable?’

Regional Headlines

Birmingham man plagued by mistaken police calls
A man from Birmingham is being plagued by police calling at his house in error, due to an address mix-up.

Crackdown on stray estate horses in Tipton
A crackdown on stray and illegally tethered horses in Tipton has been launched amid fears over public safety.

National Headlines

Doctors meet over opposition to NHS change plans
Doctors are to debate toughening their opposition to the government’s plans to overhaul the NHS in England.

Will Hutton plan for public sector pay
Senior public servants’ pay should be performance-related, but not subject to a cap, an independent review has said.

2012 Olympics tickets go on sale
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have gone on sale, 500 days ahead of the event.

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