Media Watch – November 30

By on 30/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

A victory for dinner ladies (Daily Telegraph, Sun, Birmingham Mail, Metro, Morning Star) Hundreds more women could bring compensation claims for unequal pay before courts following a legal victory by 174 cooks, cleaners and care staff previously employed by Birmingham City Council.

Union march will go ahead (Birmingham Mail) Leading public sector trade unions will go ahead with their planned march through Birmingham city centre – even though the council has not given permission for road closures.

Birmingham to get new public swimming pool (BBC) Birmingham’s first new public swimming pool for more than 20 years will open in January 2012.

Deadly dolls and scooters are seized (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of potentially deadly children’s toys have been seized from a Birmingham wholesaler by city council trading standards officers in the run-up to Christmas.

We’ve got a plan to save markets (Birmingham Mail) A trader with nearly 40 years of experience has revealed a scheme he hopes could be the key to saving Birmingham’s wholesale markets.

Bishops herald Nativity Trail (Birmingham Mail) The Right Rev. David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham and the Most Rev. Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham visited the Nativity Scene at  Birmingham's Frankfurt Market after launching the city's annual Nativity Trail.

Shopkeeper is fined in booze sting operation (Birmingham Mail) A shopkeeper has been warned after selling booze to an underage shopper in a Trading Standards sting operation.

Brummie delight (Credit Management) The city of Birmingham now has a better credit rating than the US Government. Moody’s recently rated Birmingham City Council’s debt AAA and S&P gave it an AA+ rating with stable outlook.

Regional Headlines

Blind marathon runner to be a Sandwell honorary freeman
A blind marathon runner is to be made an honorary freeman of a Black Country borough. Dave Heeley, from West Bromwich, will become Sandwell’s 11th honorary freeman at a ceremony next year.

Strikes hit schools and councils
Rallies in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, as public sector workers hold one-day strike.

National Headlines

UK diplomats pulled out of Iran
Britain withdraws diplomatic staff from Iran after protesters ransack its embassy, amid worsening relations over Iran’s nuclear programme.

S&P downgrades credit rating of major banks
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the long-term credit grades of a string of major financial firms.

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