Media Watch – June 3

By on 03/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Service Birmingham plans to offshore a small number of jobs. (BBC, ITV, Sky News, C4 News, Daily Telegraph, Daily Star, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent)

Nursery nurses balloted on strike over city plans (Nursery World) Nursery nurses in Birmingham are to vote on possible strike action following council plans to close daycare in community nurseries. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “As previously stated, there are no plans to close the community day nursery service.”

Strikes looming for town halls (The Times)
The threat of widespread strikes by council workers over pay and job cuts grew yesterday as 10,000 Birmingham City Council employees were balloted on industrial action.

No flags, no celebration and no pride (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council has come under fire for failing to celebrate Brum’s centenary as the ‘second city of the British Empire’.

City events will help to mark jubilee party (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is looking into the possibility of incorporating Pride and the Lord Mayor’s Show into a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Council inquiry into ‘wrong’ legal advice (Birmingham Mail)
A council watchdog committee is to look into incorrect legal advice which led to the loss of a judicial review over funding for voluntary groups like the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Garden grab jibe angers developer (Birmingham Mail)
A developer has hit back at city planners after being refused planning permission to build three large detached houses on suburban gardens in the city.

Vaulters raising the bar in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) A star-studded line up of British pole vaulters showcased their skills in Birmingham City Centre to promote a summer of top class sporting events at the Alexander Stadium.

It’s just a pleasure to be working here (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s One Lancaster Circus has been named best refurbished/recycled workplace at the British Council for Offices regional awards.

Birmingham faces jobs cuts (Museums Journal) Birmingham City Council has confirmed that a consultation about its museums and art gallery service includes potential job losses.

Regional Headlines

Developers to discuss city revamp
Up to 80 private landowners and developers are invited to tour Wolverhampton and discuss ways to revamp the city centre.

Walsall Daisy Myring murder: intruders ‘had access’

Police investigating the murder of a 92-year-old woman have said it is a strong line of inquiry that whoever entered her home may have had access.

National Headlines

Inquiry into four refinery deaths
An investigation is under way after four contractors were killed in an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in west Wales.

Betfred expected to buy the Tote

Bookmaker Betfred is chosen as the winning bidder for the Tote although some “technicalities” are being sorted out before the deal is completed.

New strain of MRSA found in cows

A new strain of the MRSA “superbug” is found in the milk of British cows and is believed to be infecting humans.

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