Media Watch – Dec 15

By on 15/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bonfire of Brummie arts (Guardian)
Further coverage of the news that the council's arts budget is to be reduced in the next financial year. Article concludes “it is not the brutal slash-and-burn approach but no one could call it good news”.

Does my Brum look big in this? (The Sun)
New data shows that Britain has more obese people than anywhere in Europe, with the West Midlands the worst affected area in the country. Cllr Alan Rudge quoted in praise of the contribution the council-backed Be Active scheme is making to address the problem.

Free gym sessions 'waste of cash' (Birmingham Mail)
Cllr Nigel Dawkins has criticised the council-backed Be Active scheme, saying that although it was won awards, those honours do “not pay the bills”. Cllr Alan Rudge quoted in support of the scheme.

Whitby: city hurt by abuse scandals (Birmingham Mail)
Council Leader Mike Whitby says the city's reputation is challenged by recent child death cases in Birmingham. Comments made after it was announced the council has reached agreement with the Government over a plan to improve children's social care.

Bins strike backed by union boss (Birmingham Mail)
Gerard Coyne of Unite says the city council are to blame for the dispute over refuse collector pay, which is set to result in strike action next week.

Traffic fears halt banquet suite scheme (Birmingham Mail)
Plans to convert a derelict cinema in Kings Heath into a 700-seat restaurant and wedding banquet suite have been rejected by city council planning committee members.

Regional Headlines

The M5 remains closed southbound between junctions 2 and 3 and one lane is open northbound after a lorry crashed into the central reservation.

Unions criticise plans to close the Forensic Science Service, which is based in Birmingham.

National Headlines

The government is expected to confirm it is to push ahead with big structural changes to the NHS in England.

The deficit in the Local Government Pension Scheme in England has more than doubled in the last three years from £42bn to £100bn, research suggests.

Dozens of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into rocks on Australia’s Christmas Island.



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