Media Watch – June 27

By on 27/06/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Bore: Councils' futures threatened by fresh cuts (B'ham Post, Radio WM, B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said many local authorities' viability was at risk from a Spending Review he described as 'consequence of the failure of government economic policy.'

Bid to stop chuggers delayed (B'ham Post) A new by-law banning chuggers from Birmingham city centre streets has been held up due to an 11th hour intervention from a charity collection trade body.

Upheaval of social services after death 'would be mistake' (B'ham Post) Cllr Matt Bennett has warned against another 'Maoist-style' restructure in the wake of the tragic Keanu Williams case and a continued failure to improve performance.  Jane Held, independent chair of Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, quoted.

Education services crisis as schools go own way (B'ham Post) Birmingham's education department faces an uncertain future, council bosses have admitted, as they grapple with shrinking budgets and an increasing number of academies and free schools. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted.

The final chapter for Central Library (B'ham Post) Double-page-spread of the history of Birmingham's Central Library.

Teen charged after woman is killed in crash (B'ham Post) Residents claim a road where a man was killed was ear-marker for improvements by the city council. Birmingham City Council said…we consulted with local people over whether or not to widen a junction on the A5127…Unfortunately funding for the scheme was withdrawn by this committee following the introduction of the current government’s austerity measures.

Birmingham cost survey published ahead of micro-tendering roll out (Community Care) Care home interests in Birmingham have this month been scrutinising the Open Book accounting 2 Report released by KPMG.  The report included analysis of the cost of providing care home services for older people and younger adults in Birmingham. The City Council remains committed to rolling out micro-commissioning this year.

Killer mum jailed for life (Midweek Sport) piece about the mother of Keanu Williams being jailed for murdering her son.

Time to talk about people not processes
(Care Talk) article about the new shift towards personalisation – where people in the care system are at the centre rather than process. Peter Hay mentioned.

Ministers scrap broadband deal for cities after legal threat (The Daily Telegraph) Plans for new fibre optic cables in 22 British cities have been abandoned after a legal challenge by BT and Virgin media. The Department for Business revealed it had dropped the plans after BT and Virgin Media joined forced to oppose the scheme. They sued to block the first 10m by Birmingham City Council. Mr Osborne announced plans six months ago, when the government intended to fund councils including Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Trespasser causes Birmingham New Street station delays
A trespasser in the tunnels outside Birmingham New Street station has caused long delays and cancellations to train services.

HS2 may cost £10bn more than planned, minister tells MPs
The proposed budget for the HS2 railway has risen by nearly £10bn to more than £40bn, the transport minister has said.

National Headlines

UK double-dip recession revised away
The UK economy did not experience a double-dip recession at the beginning of 2012, official figures have shown.

Nelson Mandela’s condition deteriorates
The condition of former South African leader Nelson Mandela has deteriorated in recent days, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj has said.


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