Media Watch – Nov 14

By on 14/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham issues bankruptcy warning (Local Government Chronicle) England's largest local authority has warned the government it will “go bankrupt” unless the Treasury allows it to spread the cost of a £757m pay settlement.

Tackle city’s inequality says bishop (Birmingham Mail) The Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart is set to call on the authorities to do more to tackle social exclusion and help some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

More time for traders ahead of relocation (Fresh Produce Journal) Councillors in Birmingham are recommending that the deputy council leader gives the wholesale market tenants’ association more time to present the financial arrangements of their proposal for market redevelopment, originally scheduled to be heard on 19 November.

Birmingham seeks PFI savings with six-week city centre tunnel closures (Local Transport Today) Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has agreed to allow its PFI road maintenance contractor Amey to close the A38 tunnels for six weeks during the summers of 2013 and 2014 to refurbish the structures, instead of working at night and weekends.

Birmingham firms’ congestion costs hit by tunnel closures (Birmingham Post) The closure of two major road tunnels for six weeks next summer will add to Birmingham's traffic congestion problems, business leaders have warned.

Legal Q&A: What does Birmingham City Council v Abdulla mean for equal pay claims? (Personnel Today) Vanessa Hogan of Hogan Lovells considers the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Birmingham City Council v Abdullah and others, in which it ruled that 170 women who worked for Birmingham City Council can proceed with equal pay claims against their former employer in the civil courts, where the six-month employment tribunal time limit for bringing a claim had expired.

Regional Headlines

Armed police face replica gun boy
A 15-year-old with a replica pistol faces possible “fatal consequences” when he is confronted by armed police in Birmingham.

Thieves steal underground diesel
Thieves take 5,500 gallons of diesel from two underground tanks at filling stations in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

‘Catastrophic’ schizophrenia care
Care for people with schizophrenia in England is falling “catastrophically short” and requires a major overhaul, says an independent inquiry.

DNA research stops MRSA outbreak
An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium’s genetic code.

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