MEDIA WATCH – AUGUST 7 (pm)

By on 07/08/2009 in Media Watch

 

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Rush to join city run for charity (Birmingham Mail 7th August, p17)
More than 6,000 have already signed up to take part in EDF half marathon. Cllr Mullaney quoted encouraging more people to apply and highlighting the number of parks in the city where people can train.

Council turns spotlight on rogue traders (Birmingham Mail online)
Council launches ‘Nail the Rogue’ campaign to target cowboy builders and dodgy repair companies.

Exotic meals on wheels (Birmingham Mail 7th August p18)
Council asks older people to suggest their own ideas for the type of meals they'd like to receive through meals on wheels ahead of invitation to private companies to bid for taking the service. Cllr Anderson quoted saying her experience on ground has shown a real desire for wider range of foods from different cultures.

Set pay deal is ditched (Birmingham Mail 7th August, p20)
Council bosses have been accused of cynically seeking to impose annual pay freeze by UNISON.  This follows the council urging other local authorities to back a call to the LGE for the withdrawal of a 1.25% national pay award - based on it being out of step with wider economic climate and experience of workers in other sectors.

Regional Headlines:

Stations along the Chase rail line (Walsall and Staffordshire) set for £2.1 million makeover.(Birmingham Mail)

Plans for a green transport based future may be in danger due to firms already in the sector going out of business during recession (Midlands Today)

24 hour Royal Mail pickets threaten disruption to mail service

Bulldog Bash organisers claim over the top policing (Birmingham Mail & BBC)

Anti Muslim protestors planning to gather in Birmingham on Saturday warned that the Police will not hesitate use new dispersal powers should they transgress any laws (Stirrer)

Birmingham City’s co-owner and chief executive are cleared of tax irregularities following a two-year investigation by police (Midlands Today and BBC online)

National Headlines:

Three British soldiers from the Parachute Regiment have been killed in southern Afghanistan

Pakistani Taliban Leader thought to be dead

Home Office drops plans to deport a doctor cleared of plotting the failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow

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