Media Watch – May 15

By on 15/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Councillor warns more tragedies to follow in wake of bedroom tax suicide (24 Dash) A Birmingham councillor has warned that more tragedies could follow in the wake of a Solihull grandmother who killed herself over the government’s bedroom tax.

Redundant staff on rich list – Council (Birmingham Mail) A list of 24 Birmingham City Council staff paid more than £100,000 per year contained 14 victims of a cull of senior management and included their redundancy pay, it has emerged.

Fight to save The 2nd Battalion of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Warwickshire County regiment hits Downing Street (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Lord Mayor John Lines joined former soldiers to present a petition to Number 10.

New plan to convert car repair workshop stalls (Birmingham Mail) A developers plans to convert a motor repair workshop lining one of Birmingham’s busiest shopping areas has been stalled by city planners.

Birmingham City Council says no to up-front payment demands (Professional Driver) Birmingham City Council chiefs have refused to allow city taxi drivers to demand passengers pay their fares up front if they believe there is a risk that the passenger will ‘do a runner’ at the end of the journey.

Regional Headlines

Severn Trent rejects takeover offer
Water company Severn Trent, which supplies customers in the West Midlands, rejects a preliminary takeover offer from international investors.

Asian couples hit by UK egg shortage
A couple from the West Midlands are one of an increasing number across the UK travelling to India for fertility treatment due to a shortage of south Asian egg donors.

National Headlines

A&E ‘must change or face collapse’
Urgent changes must be made to the way A&E units are run – or the system could collapse, doctors and managers say.

Oil firm raids raise fuel price fear
MPs and motoring groups call on UK regulators to investigate claims that oil giants may have been linked to price-fixing for more than a decade.

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