Media Watch – Jan 27

By on 27/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Depressed workers walk from jobs (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,700 Birmingham Birmingham City Council workers walked out of their jobs in an eight month period without giving reasons for leaving, it has emerged. The mass resignation added fuel to trade union claims that morale at Britain’s largest public body was plummeting fast.

Backing for golf course reprieve (Birmingham Mail) A city council u-turn over plans to close a loss making municipal golf course has been warmly welcomed by opposition councillors.

Council urged to come clean (Birmingham Mail) Trade unions have warned they are considering industrial action over ‘despicable’ job cuts planned at Birmingham City Council.

England fans call for TV switch-on (Birmingham Mail) An online campaign has been set up for Birmingham’s big screen to be turned on for the World Cup.

No more late food at Mr Egg (Birmingham Mail) Iconic greasy spoon Mr Egg has had its chips as a late night cafe following a fracas which left 13 people injured after being sprayed in the face with concentrated vinegar. Licensing committee chairman Cllr Nigel Dawkins quoted.

Birmingham primary school pupils to quiz city councillors (Birmingham Post online) Primary school children in Birmingham are preparing to give their local councillors a question Time-style grilling this week over issues such as the sale of Cadbury and the recession. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6924

Total Place - now let’s see those savings (PublicService.co.uk) Total Place may have identified that there are savings to be made in the public sector but for the theory to become reality savings will have to be locked in for years to come. Birmingham City Council is in the process of implementing a solution that will not only provide high quality management information on service delivery, but also create a constituent experience that is more ‘joined up’ and efficient than ever before.

Birmingham City Council harnesses SMS for public engagement (PublicTechnology.net) Birmingham City Council has used SMS text messaging as part of a street naming competition, which has helped it record an increased number of entrants.

Regional Headlines

Cadbury workers plan demo over jobs (Press Association)
Workers from Cadbury are due to stage a protest as part of a campaign to safeguard jobs in the wake of the planned takeover of the chocolate-maker by US giant Kraft.

Cadbury takeover: Emotions run high in public debate (Birmingham Mail)
Emotions ran high during a public debate in Bournville over the future of Cadbury’s and manufacturing in the West Midlands.

Man in Birmingham terror arrest 
A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Birmingham under the Terrorism Act, according to West Midlands police.

Motorcyclist dies in Birmingham road crash 
A motorcyclist has died in a crash in the West Midlands. The man died after being involved in a collision involving a car in Granby Avenue, Sheldon, during the afternoon.

Overdose deaths at Birmingham hospitals total six 
Six patients have died at a West Midlands hospital trust following serious errors with medication since 2006, the BBC can reveal.

Hurt animal found in Walsall had been in a ‘dog fight’ 
A dog which had recently been involved in a dog fight was found bleeding by staff at a tyre repair centre in the West Midlands, RSPCA inspectors said.

National Headlines

Rich-poor divide ‘wider than 40 years ago’ 
The gap between rich and poor in the UK is wider now than 40 years ago, a government-commissioned report says.

Ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith faces Iraq inquiry 
Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is set to answer questions about the legality of the 2003 Iraq war later.

‘Scope for agreement’ in NI talks, says Downing Street 
Overnight talks aimed at averting the collapse of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing coalition have adjourned.

Major roads ‘not meeting top safety rating’ 
Only half of the motorways in England reach the top safety rating, with other major roads much worse, a report says.

Fuel tax bonus ‘could fix UK potholes’ 
The money to fix all Britain’s potholes could be raised within 100 days if increased profits from VAT on fuel were diverted to the problem, the AA says.

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