Media Watch – Oct 31

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The end of local government? (The Guardian) The brutality of spending cuts is leaving councils with little room for manoeuvre – and outsourcing is often no longer an option. Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore called it ‘the end of local government as we know it.’

Green waste collections set to end for winter (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents are being reminded to get their gardens ready for winter before the city council’s green waste collections finish next month.

Tribute to mayor in JFK mural welcomed (Birmingham Mail) A leading Irish community group and charity says it is delighted that the city’s John F Kennedy mural is being renewed and fully understands the decision to add Birmingham’s first Irish Lord Mayor to the artwork.

Councils lose equal pay battle in England and Scotland (egovmonitor) Birmingham and Edinburgh city councils have lost their equal pay battles which could cost local authorities millions of pounds during austerity.

How you shell out £113m for civil servants to work for unions (Daily Mail) Taxpayers are forking out £113 million a year to fund the trade union activities of thousands of civil servants. Not surprisingly, as the largest local authority, Birmingham City Council has the highest number of paid union officials.

Regional Headlines

Grenade found in house clearance
Homes in Dudley are evacuated after a grenade believed to date from World War II is found during a house clearance.

Footballer charged with assault
Footballer Adam Hammill is charged with assaulting a paramedic in Liverpool city centre.

National Headlines

Heseltine issues growth challenge
Lord Heseltine recommends ending a century of centralisation and moving growth funds nearer to industry in his report into boosting UK growth.

Cameron faces Tory EU rebellion
David Cameron faces a rebellion in the House of Commons over his policy on the European Union’s long-term budget.

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