Media Watch – June 23 (am)

By on 23/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Social services revamp starts with 200 jobs axed (Birmingham Post 23 June)
180 jobs to be cut from adults and communities as part of service modernisation with Director Peter Hay saying council needs funding from Government totalling £2.9m to pay for redundancies. Cllr Ward suggests compulsory redundancies notices contravene Single Status Employee Bargain clauses.

Low carbon car project launched (Birmingham Post 23 June, BBC WM, Midlands Today)
Announcement expected later today on Birmingham getting go-ahead to become a centre for low carbon transport development. To mark the public invited to examine battery powered vehicles in Birmingham City Centre.

Continuing Khyra Ishaq coverage (Daily Mirror)
Boy previously in care of Khyra’s parents said to have been so hungry he ate toy sandwiches.

City ‘shows way’ to run a council (Birmingham Post 23 June)
On eve of fifth anniversary as Leader Cllr Whitby says council services have been turned round to such an extent other authorities now visit the city to study best practice.

New Business help in £9.5m Aston investment (Birmingham Post 23 June)
Cabinet to be asked next Monday to approve annual budgets of £9.5m for Aston Pride and £13.7m for Kings Norton as part of NDC programme.

Regional Headlines

JLR joins low carbon project (Birmingham Post 23 June)
JLR confirms it is joining West Mids regional low carbon transport project,

Wolverhampton to make £11m of cuts (The Stirrer)
Leaked internal memo suggests Wolverhampton is to make £11m of cuts (including axing Christmas park and ride and outsourcing meals on wheels)

Our history at risk (Birmingham Post 23 June)
Four Birmingham sites on list of conservation areas ‘at risk’ published by English Heritage - Digbeth/Deritend, Barnsley Rd, Bordesley Ideal Village and Warwick Bar.

National Headlines

Bercow to start new role as Speaker

Washington Metro crash - 9 deaths confirmed

Controversy over RBS boss – £9.6m pay package

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