Media Watch – November 28

By on 28/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Christmas markets yule love (The Sun, Mail on Sunday, Sky News)  Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market in a feature looking at the best festive markets in Europe.

Loan sharks forcing young mums into prostitution (Birmingham Mail) Young single mums are being forced into prostitution in a bid to pay off their debts to loan sharks, Birmingham City Council consumer watchdogs have revealed.

Time capsule buried at pensioner village (Birmingham Mail) A time capsule has been buried on the site of Birmingham’s newest retirement village.

Christmas shoppers face gloom as the lights go out (Observer, Daily Mail) Birmingham City Council – currently hosting the biggest Christmas market in the UK – featured in an article looking at cuts to festive lights and decorations.

Taken for a ride (Sunday Mercury, Daily Telegraph) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes claimed almost £1,000 in taxi expenses in a year.

Pension strike to hit schools (Birmingham Mail) The majority of Midlands schools are set to close next Wednesday as public sector workers stage a mass 24 hour strike over pension reforms.

Blow in battle to stall restaurant (Birmingham Mail) A move to turn a former Birmingham pub (Jug of Ale in Moseley) into a king-size Indian restaurant has been approved. But city planning committee members said the ‘vile’ design would have to be changed.

Regional Headlines

Working class white areas ‘alienated’
Working class white communities in Birmingham, Coventry and London feel alienated, disenfranchised and last in line for resources such as social housing, according to research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Appeal to find burns man’s driver
Police try to trace a man who they believe drove a burns victim to hospital in Birmingham.

Girl, four, killed in M6 pile-up
A young girl dies and a woman is seriously hurt in a crash involving a lorry and four cars on the M6 near Birmingham.

National Headlines

Hospital care at weekends ‘risky’
Patients at England’s hospitals are more likely to die if they are admitted at weekends, analysis suggests.

Multi-billion pound economic push
The government is set to announce a major drive to encourage investment in large infrastructure projects.

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