Media Watch – Dec 1

By on 01/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

10,000 jobs go in next four years (Birmingham Mail 1.12.10) Almost 40 per cent of the non-schools workforce will go as the council battles to deliver £308million in public spending cuts. Stephen Hughes and Cllr Brew both quoted. Editorial speculating on the potential knock-on effect to local businesses and whether an acceptable level of service will be maintained. Midlands Today and BBC online reported 7,000 job losses.

WM (1.12.10) Unison rep interviewed saying the news on job losses was expected but devastating for the city. Also, Albert Bore and John Hemming discussed the issue. Brief clip of Stephen Hughes interview

Brum’s staff all at risk (Daily Mirror 1.12.10) Story says ‘all 26,000 staff have been issued with section 188 notices saying they are at risk of redundancy’

City Council under seige (Birmingham Mail 1.12.10) Approx 50 students held a peaceful protest in the council chamber for around four hours.

Further widespread coverage of the student protest, reported as part of other protests around the country in the FT, Independent and Guardian

Confusion over binmen (Birmingham Mail 1.12.10) Following a ballot on industrial action, the council has said that ‘working to rule’ will mean different things to various areas of fleet and waste

Work starts on £27m Birmingham urban village scheme (BBC online, WM, Midland Today) Work has begun on a £27m regeneration scheme for Shard End in Birmingham. The project to create an ‘urban village’ will include new homes, shopping centre, library and community facilities.

Social care lessons to be learned, says council boss (Birmingham Mail 1.12.10) Cllr Len Clark says the council’s children’s department can learn lessons  from counterparts in adult social care

Regional Headlines:
Third man quized on stabbing (Birmingham Mail) A third man has been arrested following the murder of a Kingstanding shopkeeper

Terminally ill boy goes missing (BBC online) Fears grow for a 13-year-old who has gone missing from his Aston home
National Headlines:
Wikileaks reveal concerns over Pakistan’s ability to secure its nuclear material

Further coverage of winter weather

House prices continue to fall

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