Media Watch – Sept 30

By on 30/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

'Fears of strikes' racked up £890m equal-pay bill (Birmingham Mail) City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes says that an effort to avoid prolonged industrial action by refuse collectors has contributed to the council's equal pay bill, after certain bonuses were maintained after strikes in 2008.

Cutswatch 2013 (Daily Mirror) Feature looking at central government cuts to council funding. Birmingham referenced as losing £166.18 per person, over a period of time not specified by the article. Uncertainty over the future of swimming pools in the city also referenced.

Thousands of online buyers hit as WAE+ collapses (Daily Telegraph) A Birmingham-based company that offered leading brand products online has entered administration. Many customers claim they never received products from the firm. A city council spokesperson quoted as saying the move into administration would not stop the local authority taking action against the company or its directors, if appropriate.

City award (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham won a gold award at Entente Florale Europe - the “Eurovision” of city horticultural and environmental achievement.

Nightclub axes 1p a drink night (Birmingham Mail) A club that offered drinks for just 1p has pulled the promotion after police requested a review of its licence. The review of Sutton Coldfield-based Rumour's licence is set to take place on October 2.

£1.2m to convert baths into urban village hall (BBC Online, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Stirchley Baths has moved one step further to being transformed into a community hub after it was announced that a Heritage Lottery Fund bid had been successful. Selly Oak District chairman Cllr Karen McCarthy quoted in support of scheme.

Regional Headlines

Campaigners from the Justice for the 21 group are calling for a meeting with Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams to discuss the Birmingham pub bombings.

A group of 20 people pelted police with bottles and stones on Broad Street during the early hours of Sunday morning, prompting officials to call for the “full force of the law” to be brought down on those responsible.

National Headlines

The long-term unemployed will have to undertake work placements in return for their benefits, under changes being unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.

Top Kenyan security officials are to be questioned by the country's MPs about alleged intelligence failings over the deadly Westgate shopping centre attack.

The retrial of Amanda Knox over the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher is due to open in Italy, but the American will not be in court.

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