Media Watch – July 16 (am)

By on 16/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City needs schools in 10 years/Reassurance brings some relief for schools/Primary schools feel the strain (Birmingham Post, 16 July, news and comment) Children and Education Scrutiny Cttee reports says city schools will have to accommodate 16,500 reception age children within a decade, creating a shortage of 3000 places.   Cllr Lawrence quoted saying he believed the city is well placed to handle the increase. Schools Minister announced emergency funding of £200 million nationally for more primary school places to ease the pressure on the system.

Council has to hire HR staff to sort out appeals (Birmingham Post, 16 July)Article says  BCC has been forced to hire private sector human resources experts to deal with an avalanche of appeals against the controversial pay and grading review.  Andy Albon quoted saying he hoped that no-one facing a pay cut would have to wait more than 18 months for the result of an appeal.

Staff think origami idea is a mere flight of fancy (Birmingham Post, 16 July) Article refers to a series of motivational emails designed to drum up interest in the business transformation initiative and encourage staff to apply to become 'change agents'.

Transport schemes to drag city out of gloom/ Call to make upgrade in rail services a top priority/Better rail services are the key to region's economic recovery (Birmingham Post, 16 July) Articles quotes Cllrs Huxtable and Robert Alden on the need to invest in key transport projects to ensure Birmingham's economic recovery.  Cllr R Alden said that investment in rail should be a priority instead of cheaper bus services.

Council to go after City of Culture title (Birmingham Post, 16 July and BBC News on line) BCC has confirmed it will bid for the title of UK's first City of Culture in 2013.  Cllr Mullaney quoted.

Regional Headlines

A Black Country hospital had too few nurses on 73 occasions in the winter

A man arrested on suspicion of murder of 22-year-old male in Quinton yesterday

National Headlines

The boards of UK banks and the role they played in the credit crisis are expected to come under scrutiny in a review due out later

Swine flu calls to GPs jump 505

Report by MP's says teachers in England accused of misconduct should always be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and that too many are suspended needlessly.

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