Media Watch – May 13

By on 13/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Store wars: Tesco strikes back (Birmingham Mail) Supermarket giants Tesco and Asda have renewed a six-year-old battle over plans to open stores on either side of a major Birmingham commuter route.

OAP’s fury over wait for refund (Birmingham Mail) An angry 83-year-old widower has demanded an apology from Birmingham City Council after waiting almost six months for a council tax refund.

Female staff win latest stage in equal pay fight (Municipal Journal, Local Government Chronicle) Female employees of Birmingham City Council have advanced their campaign for equal pay compensation after an employment appeal tribunal in London found in their favour.

A helping hand for the future (Municipal Journal) With staff facing uncertainty, managing morale and providing support to those who face a career change is crucial. Cabinet Member for Equalities and HR Cllr Alan Rudge outlines how the council has been responding.

Transformation from the IT crowd (Municipal Journal) Profile of Birmingham City Council’s Corporate Director of Business Change Glyn Evans, who has been elected president of Socitm – The Society of Information Technology Management.

Birmingham motors on but without the aid of the Haynes manual (Local Transport Today) Profile of Chris Haynes, who stepped down as Birmingham City Council’s head of transportation strategy last month.

(Political) Labour plan to oppose Mike Whitby mayor appointment (Birmingham Post) Labour will try to block plans to make city council leader Mike Whitby the unelected mayor of Birmingham as it attempts to inflict another defeat on the Government next week.

(Political) Birmingham Labour leader Albert Bore blasts rival over leadership challenge (Birmingham The gloves are off in the contest for the leadership of Birmingham City Council's Labour group, with the current post-holder Sir Albert Bore accusing his challenger of dirty tricks.

Regional Headlines

Solihull £11m road improvement scheme completed
An £11m scheme to improve the road system around Birmingham International Station, Birmingham Airport and the NEC has been completed.

Birmingham car crash brain-damage victim awarded £3.6m
A Birmingham man who suffered brain damage after a car crash has been awarded compensation totalling £3.6m.

National Headlines

Household incomes in UK ‘may return to 2005 levels’
Households in the UK may be facing the biggest drop in income for 30 years, a leading economic think tank has warned.

Met Police ‘bring expertise’ to Madeleine McCann search
The Metropolitan Police are to “bring their expertise” to the search for Madeleine McCann, the Home Office says.

UK Border Agency criticised over intelligence use
There are failings in the way the UK Border Agency uses intelligence to tackle illegal immigration, a report by its independent chief inspector says.

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