Media Watch – Nov 13

By on 13/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council liable for £757m equal pay claims (BBC, ITV, 5Live, WM, Mirror, Metro, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Sun Times, Morning Star, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has revealed it will have to pay at least £757m to settle equal pay claims brought by mainly women who missed out on bonuses.

Million mile car clocker jailed (Birmingham Mail) A crooked salesman who conned drivers by wiping more than a million miles from car records has been jailed. Lee Bennett, prosecuting on behalf of Birmingham City Council, said Yasar Khan sold at least 25 cars between January 2009 and April 2010 – 12 of them had their odometers tampered.

Tunnel closures could cost the city millions – Chamber (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The closure of the city’s Queensway tunnels for six weeks next summer will be a huge blow to city businesses, the Chamber of Commerce has warned.

School told to remove temporary classroom (Birmingham Mail) Governors at a Birmingham school (Al Hijrah in Bordesley Green) were holding an emergency meeting today in a last ditch bid to resolve a major spacing crisis.

Amey to consult on Northfield roadworks (B31 Voices) Highways maintenance and management company Amey are to consult members of the public on roadworks planned to be carried out in Northfield constituency.

Green light for green deal (Public Sector Building Specification) Greg Baker visited Birmingham to view the City Council’s Green |Deal delivery partnership with Carillion Energy Services.

180-Home Project Opens (Build.co.uk) More than 200 older people in Newtown, Birmingham, are preparing to move into Pannel Croft Village - the ExtraCare Charitable Trust's second retirement village in the city.

Regional Headlines

Injured builder in crane rescue
An injured builder is lifted more than 75ft in the air by a crane to get him to a waiting ambulance in Birmingham.

Precinct stabbing murder charge
A 24-year-old man is charged with murder following a stabbing in a shopping precinct in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Jailed Abu Qatada to be released
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is to be freed on bail after winning the latest stage in a seven-year legal battle against deportation to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

Probe into claim gas prices fixed
Energy Secretary Ed Davey will address Parliament later, as regulators launch an investigation into allegations that wholesale gas prices have been manipulated.

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