Media Watch – March 4

By on 04/03/2010 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council Stories

£53bn black hole in council pensions (Daily Express, Sun, Birmingham Post)
Tax Payers Alliance release a report claiming a deficits in local authority pension schemes total £53 billion, with Birmingham's at £1.05bn being the single largest shortfall.

Conference Fighting Fund (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham City Council to agree a £6m fighting fund to attract major political conferences and events to the city - to be delivered through Marketing Birmingham. Cllr Tilsley quoted on the importance to the city's economy of such events.

Shocking Failings Left Khyra to Die (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
Detailed analysis of findings of recent Family Court judgement which suggests Khyra Ishaq's death was in part due to 'errors and missed opportunities' by Birmingham City Council.

Editorial calls for BCC to accept the blame with resignations and says Birmingham is lucky national media have not run the story to the extent they would have done if it occurred in other UK cities.

Hiring £800-a-day spin doctor broke rules (Birmingham Post)
Council officials said to be distancing themselves from previous suggestions media relations expert Terry Brownbill was hired directly by the city council, instead now stating he was employed directly by the independent children's safeguarding board. This after Cllr Rudge stated his appointment method would have broken council procurement rules if he was employed directly by BCC.

Council in the black as consultants get the chop (Birmingham Post)
Business transformation project moves into profit for the first time delivering £25m cashable savings next year, while annual cost of hiring consultants is down £30m.

High speed link needs unity (Birmingham Post)
Lord Adonis warns political bickering must stop over High Speed Rail if it is to become a reality while Stephen Hughes is said to be aiming to publish details of a High Speed Terminus at Moor Street Station, linked to New Street, by June.

Regional Headlines

Kraft takes first bite
Kraft announces 150 white collar roles at Cadbury are to go, although details of where these roels are based have not been confirmed.

Longbridge name to go
Chinese owners to ditch Longbridge name and rechristen site MG Birmingham ahead of launch of new MG6 model.

National Headlines

Bulger killer re-arrest 
Jack Straw under pressure to release details on reasons why Jamie Bulger killer has been sent back to prison.

MOD accused of misleading public
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of being “misleading” and “obstructive” in answers to MPs scrutinising its budget

Pakistan Kidknapping of UK child
A five-year-old boy from Greater Manchester is kidnapped by robbers while on holiday in the Punjab



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