Media Watch – Jul 3 (am)

By on 03/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Companies eye wide role in state contracts (Financial Times, July 3, page 3) Private outsourcing groups such as Capita believe public finance cutbacks will open up new opportunities for them. Birmingham City Council's deal with the firm is cited as an example of how such partnerships could act as a blueprint for the future.

Heritage watchdog in U-turn to fight for estate (Birmingham Post, July 3, page 1) Campaigners who want to preserve Harborne's Moor Pool Estate have forced English Heritage to change their mind and object to plans for a 16-home development at Ravenscroft Road.

'Close-knit' families are helping to spread virus (Birmingham Post, July 3, page 11) Health Secretary Andy Burnham has said that Birmingham's social profile may be one of the reasons why swine flu has spread relatively quickly across the city. Reference also made to the city council's Health Scrutiny Committee enquiry into the way the pandemic has been tackled locally to see if any lessons can be learnt for the future.

Could it ever be Mayor Whitby? (Birmingham Post, July 3, Iron Angle Column) Commentary piece exploring the chances that current council leader Mike Whitby would have of becoming Birmingham's elected mayor if that model of governance were ever adopted.

Regional Headlines

A committee of MPs has recommended that a public inquiry into hundreds of deaths at Stafford Hospital is not needed (BBC Radio WM, Central News)

Willenhall-based retailer Poundland has targeted eight former Woolworths stores as part of its recession-busting expansion plans (Birmingham Post).

Calls to the Ambulance service have increased by a quarter as a result of this week's heatwave (BBC Radio WM, Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

Harrow Council, which was the first to prosecute a mother for lying on an admissions form to get her son into a good school, has withdrawn its action.

The highest ranking Army officer to be killed in action since the Falklands War is one of the two latest British casualties in Afghanistan.

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has said “a deep strain of homophobia still exists on the Conservative benches”.

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