Media Watch – June 30

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New stand for Alexander Stadium could lure the world’s fastest man (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net, Express and Star) A five-thousand set new stand planned for Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium could bring the world’s best athletes to the city on a regular basis.

Charge your electric car (Birmingham Mail, BBC) futuristic electric car drivers have been given a boost – as charging points for their eco-friendly vehicles have been installed in Birmingham city centre. Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader Paul Tilsley quoted.

Social workers ‘squatting’ claim (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s under-fire social workers are being forced to write reports into children at risk while sat on the floor due to a shortage of desks at a swanky state-of-the-art office, it has been claimed. Head of Business Transformation Glyn Evans agreed to investigate the situation and look at possible solutions.

Government to review Birmingham’s controversial ‘anti-terror’ cameras (Birmingham Post.net) The Home Secretary has ordered a review into the use of spy cameras which can track car number plates, after anti-terror cameras were secretly installed in Birmingham neighbourhoods with large Muslim populations.

How your council is making cutbacks (Express and Star) As the axe falls on Labour’s public spending pledges councils are already feeling the pinch.

Birmingham is leading by example for climate change (International Environmental Technology) Birmingham wants to lead the UK in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, it has been reported.

One-city approach (Holyrood) As one of the local authorities piloting the Total Place initiative south of the border, Birmingham City Council’s chief executive Stephen Hughes is positive about the results that working together can bring.

City binmen strike threat (BBC Radio WM) Birmingham’s binmen could strike after council bosses ordered them to hand back an £8,000 pay rise, union leaders warned.

Regional Headlines

Robber absconds from HMP Sudbury open prison
A convicted robber has escaped from an open prison in Derbyshire. Richard Cartwright absconded from HMP Sudbury on 16 June, West Midlands Police said.

Man, 82, arrested after body found in Birmingham
An 82-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found at a house in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Justice Secretary plans ‘radical’ prison policy change
Vast sums are being spent “warehousing” people in outdated prisons without any proof it protects the public, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is to say.

Advisors urge new UK climate policies
Major changes in policy are still needed to meet climate targets despite emission cuts brought about by the recession, say government advisors.

UK troops human rights appeal verdict due
The Supreme Court is to give a verdict on the UK government’s appeal against a ruling that British troops must be protected by the Human Rights Act.

1.3m jobs ‘could go due to spending cuts’, report says
Cuts announced in the Budget could lead to up to 1.3 million jobs being lost by 2015, a newspaper report claims. The Guardian says leaked Treasury figures predict that up to 120,000 public sector jobs and 140,000 private sector jobs could disappear annually for the next five years.

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