Media Watch – Dec 9 (PM)

By on 09/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Public services ratings (Birmingham Mail, Pages 4-5) Detailed coverage of many aspects of the Audit Commissioners' Oneplace report, covering all council services.  Deputy leader Paul Tilsley and Cllr Les Lawrence both quoted.  Cllr Lawrence also interviewed on Radio WM, Radio 5 Live, BRMB, Smooth FM and Central Television.

Mandy hope for Cadbury (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) Labour councillors in Birmingham have written to Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, urging him to step up his efforts to keep Cadbury in Bournville.

Jobs cull (Birmingham Mail, Page 16) Plans to axe 405 Social Services jobs at Birmingham City Council are expected to cost £17 million in redundancy and pension payments, though a saving of almost £90 million in wages should be made over five years.

Binmen pay “fair” says former boss (Birmingham Mail, Page 19) Mick Johnson, former assistant director of the council's Fleet and Waste Management, defended binmen's performance-related pay scheme at the ongoing employment tribunal.

City of Culture bid (BRMB) Cllr Martin Mullaney talked about Birmingham's bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2013, which will benefit the city to the tune of £200 million.

Regional Headlines:

A cyclist has died after being trapped under a bus at the junction of Lancaster Circus and James Watt Queensway this morning.

National Express has announced it is making 200 staff redundant, most of whom are based in Birmingham.  This comes just one week before the opening of their new £15m coach station in Digbeth, which will become their new headquarters.

Former TV presenter Ashley Blake has lost an appeal against his two-year prison sentence for unlawful wounding and perverting the course of justice.

National Headlines:

In his final pre-Budget speech before the next general election, Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced a 1% pay “squeeze” on public sector workers, an additional 0.5p on National Insurance from 2011, a bank bonus tax, a domestic boiler scrappage scheme and free school meals for 500,000 more children.

The director of Salford City Council's children's services department has been sacked for gross misconduct, following an independent review into the death of a toddler.

Following this year's widespread problems, the start of the applications process for student loans for the 2010/11 academic year has been postponed.



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