Media Watch – Nov 15

By on 15/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Council set to axe lotto plan (Birmingham Mail / Post) Plans to launch a Birmingham City Council lottery set to be scrapped as no potential operators were willing to provide the initial investment.

Festive fun as market opens (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market officially opens.

£757m equal pay claim is mockery of legal system (Birmingham Post) The 757 million equal pay bill faced by Birmingham City Council has made a mockery of the legal system according to Alan Rudge, former head of BCC human resources department.

Banning Chuggers would hit poorest in the third world (Birmingham Post) Charities have warned that a bylaw to ban street fundraisers from Birmingham city centre could be a devastating blow at a time when charities desperately need funds.

Congestion drivers £100m parcel sorting hub away from city (Birmingham Post) A parcel delivery company has said that traffic congestion in Birmingham has lead to a decision to create a new depot in the East rather than the West Midlands.  The company fears the tunnel closures planned by BCC next summer will make the problem worse.

Regional Headlines:
Chiltern Railways train services hit by cable theft
Rail services between the West Midlands and London have been disrupted after 70m (230ft) of signal cable was stolen. Chiltern Railways said the theft happened early Thursday between Solihull and Warwick Parkway stations.

Police commissioner elections: Voters head to the polls
Voters are heading to the polls to elect the first police and crime commissioners for England and Wales. The new PCCs, which are set to replace police authorities, will set spending plans and have the power to 'hire and fire' chief constables.

National Headlines:
BBC crisis: Lord McAlpine ‘angry’ over abuse claim
Tory peer Lord McAlpine has spoken of his anger after a BBC Newsnight report led to him being wrongly implicated in child abuse allegations

Syria conflict: David Cameron to hold security talks
Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair the National Security Council later today to discuss the conflict in Syria.
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