Media Watch – November 1

By on 01/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City advice teams in £10m benefit payout (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) More than £10 million has been paid out to vulnerable people across Birmingham who did not realise they were entitled to claim welfare benefits. City council advice teams helped 3,000 applicants, including an 85-year-old who pocketed a £66,000 payout from the Pension Service.

Binmen vote for industrial action (BBC WM) Cllr Alan Rudge told WM the consultation period on a new operating model for Fleet and Waste Management has been extended until mid-November.

Racist neighbour gives up her flat (Birmingham Mail) A racist thug who was caught attacking her neighbour on camera has given up her council house.

Gold ‘hoard’ discovered by metal detector, on display (Washington Post) Article looking at the story of the Staffordshire Hoard – currently on display at Washington’s National Geographic Museum.

Youngsters sweep away grot-spots (Birmingham Mail) Kids have gone on a half-term clean-up with police to help sweep away the grot-spots from their streets. The youngsters joined police and council workers on the five-hour blitz.

Minister calls for families to adopt (Birmingham Mail) Councils have been ordered to end the culture of ‘political correctness’ which prevents children from being adopted.

MP rap for Brum snub on markets (Birmingham Mail) The consultation over the future of Birmingham’s wholesale market has been criticised by Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood.

Thousands sign up to ditch cars (Birmingham Mail) More than 5,000 households have signed up for a scheme to ditch the car after receiving travel advice.

Regional Headlines

Labour outlines HS2 alternative
An alternative route to the proposed £32bn national high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London is outlined by the shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle.

Council plan to cut sickness days
Walsall council extends a pilot scheme in which workers reporting in sick have to phone in and speak to a nurse.

National Headlines

Protesters urged to remove tents
Anti-capitalist protesters are to be told to remove their tents from outside St Paul’s Cathedral or face legal action.

SNP to reintroduce drink pricing
Plans to reintroduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in Scotland are being announced by ministers.

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