Media Watch – March 19

By on 19/03/2010 in Media Watch, News

DAILY NEWS BRIEFING - Friday 19 March 2010 – UPDATE

Council social workers sacked (Express & Star, BBC Radio 4 “The World at One,” BBC Radio WM, Midlands Today, Central News, birminghammail.net) Coverage continues following Director of Children’s Social Care Colin Tucker’s interview this morning, in which he confirmed that six social workers had been dismissed.  Tony Rabaiotti of Unison complained on Ed Doolan’s show that these had been made public and claimed that even more social workers would now want to leave, while Hilton Dawson, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers, stated that people entering the profession needed better training.  See also: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=8261
 
Exploring the Hoard site (BBC Midlands Today) It has been announced today that an archaeological dig will be carried out later this year on the farm where the £3.3 million Staffordshire Hoard was unearthed.  The aim is to be able to contextualise the find, in terms of what sort of settlement may have been there, the nature of the landscape and other areas which will give historians a better idea of how it came to be there.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council social workers dismissed (Blanket BBC coverage, including BBC Breakfast News, BBC News channel, Radio 4 “Today,” Radio 5 Live, Radio WM) Six Birmingham social workers have been sacked over failings in the Children, Young People and Families directorate.  Director of Children’s Social Care Colin Tucker said they were not doing their jobs properly and showed “no sign whatsoever” of adhering to expected standards but efforts were being made to train other staff to bring them up to standard.  The coverage emanates from an extended “Hard Talk” interview with Steve Dyson several days ago.

Legal dust-up at Rover site (Birmingham Mail) Taxpayers may be saddled with a £50,000-plus legal fees bill over a bitter row involving the former MG Rover car works at Longbridge.  The Council may end up paying for the cost of a public enquiry to determine a planning application at the 300 acre site.

Building homes for our heroes (Birmingham Mail) Up to 12 council homes exclusively for injured soldiers are to built in Bartley Green in a multi-million pound “homes for heroes” scheme.  Cllr John Lines quoted.

Park and ride plan to end congestion (birminghammail.com) Thousands of commuters could face parking charges at Birmingham railway stations – because they are too popular.  The Council said the cash would be used to pay for multi-storey car decks to ease the burden of overcrowded park and ride areas at stations across the city.

Leader confident on runway cash (Insider Daily, propertyweek.com) Council leader Mike Whitby has told delegates at the MIPIM property and investment conference in Cannes that he is hopeful that the final chunk of money to complete the £120 million funding of the Birmingham International Airport runway extension will soon be in place.

Cisco link announced (Insider Daily) It was announced at MIPIM that Birmingham Science Aston Park Aston has entered into a partnership with US technology giant Cisco Systems.  Leader Mike Whitby quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Brum universities ordered to save cash (Birmingham Mail) Universities in Birmingham have had their funding slashed as part of a drastic government cost-cutting exercise.

West Midlands families winning battle on home front (Birmingham Mail) New figures from the Financial Services Authority have revealed that hundreds of families across the West Midlands are winning the battle to keep their homes, as repossession claims in the region fell by almost a third in the last quarter of 2009.

Birmingham couple given 10-year pet ban (Birmingham Mail) A couple from Smiths Wood who caused their pets to suffer by failing to get them any treatment have been banned from keeping any cat or dog for ten years.

National Headlines:

A second day of talks between British Airways and the union Unite is under way, aimed at averting strike action.

England’s student loans and grants system is at “substantial” risk of being hit by delays again this year, the National Audit office has revealed.

A five-year-old boy from Chichester stole his father’s 4×4 and drove it for four miles at rush hour, hitting two parked cars before crashing into a wall.

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