Media Watch – Dec 3 (am)

By on 03/12/2009 in Media Watch

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Another 400 council jobs to go (Birmingham Post, page 20) Up to 400 jobs will be axed from Birmingham City Council’s adults social services department as the local authority steps up its cost-cutting drive.

Children’s services are on a knife-edge (Birmingham Post, page 21) A government special measures order slapped on Birmingham’s children’s social services department is now set to be lifted in the new year. But huge problems remain, writes Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale.

Bournville College vision enters reality (Birmingham Post, page 22) Work has begun on a landmark college building in Birmingham which is also playing a key part in the regeneration of the south of the city. Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted.

Making the right move (Birmingham Post, page 3) The Birmingham MP masterminding plans to move civil service jobs out of London has promised to get it right this time, after criticism of an earlier attempt six years ago. Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby said there was ‘an element of scepticism’ about Liam Byrne’s proposals.

So who’s in charge round here? (Birmingham Post, page 18,19) Public Affairs Correspondent Paul Dale asks: Who really runs the West Midlands? Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby quoted.

Street cleaners ‘awarded bonuses for cleaning carts’ (Birmingham Post Online) Refuse drivers at Birmingham City Council earned extra money on top of generous payments for cleaning their vans while fellow workers such as cooks earned nothing more for washing their equipment or cooking extra meals, a tribunal heard.

Faith and Climate Change Project (The Guardian) More than half of Birmingham could become involved in a movement to combat climate change in the next few years, according to the leading forces behind a multifaith environmental movement. The group was set up three years ago, with support from the city council. Keith Budden of Birmingham city council has worked closely with the partnership right from the start.

Birmingham makes green declaration (Planning Resource) Birmingham City Council has committed itself to creating at least ten “low carbon communities” as part of a declaration on climate change.

Hard times put the Christmas skating craze on ice (The Times, page 29) Article focusing on how local authorities are opting for German Christmas Markets rather than temporary ice rinks this Christmas. Birmingham FCM featured.

Frankfurt Christmas Market featured on STV show The Hour.

Regional Headlines

Two bodies found in building fire 
Two people have been killed in a fire in Birmingham. Fire, police and ambulance crews were called to a premises in Wensleydale Road, Perry Barr, at about 0435 GMT.

High-speed line may need two new stations 
The building of the first line to the West Midlands could start in 2015
Birmingham could get two new multi-million pound railway stations if proposals for a high-speed rail network get the go-ahead.

Adult social care warning for eight areas of England 
Eight local authorities in England have been told they must urgently improve their social care services for adults. Poole, Cornwall, Solihull, Surrey, South Tyneside, Southwark, Peterborough and Bromley are to get extra support.

Thirteen people ‘burnt’ by spray 
A man has been arrested after 13 people suffered burns to their faces when they were sprayed with a substance at a takeaway in Birmingham city centre.

National Headlines

Gordon Brown criticised over late sympathy letter 
The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2007 has criticised the government for sending him a condolence letter two years late.

Web limit on police ‘naming and shaming’ of criminals 
Police forces that “name and shame” criminals must remove the details from websites after a month, new rules say.

Lord Mandelson ‘wanted EU foreign job’ 
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed he had wanted to become the EU’s first “foreign secretary”.

Nearly one in 10 hospital prescriptions ‘have mistakes’ 
Nearly one in 10 hospital prescriptions contain a mistake, ranging from the minor to the potentially lethal, research has found.

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