Media Watch – May 17

By on 17/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Schools to revolt over academies (Birmingham Post) Results are due from a recent ballot at some Birmingham primary schools over the issue of whether they should become academies or not.

Bore 'risks' a novice to lead children's services (Birmingham Post) The council's Conservative group have raised concerns over a decision by the incoming Labour administration to not have an executive member whose portfolio solely covers the issue of children's social care. Deputy Leader-elect Cllr Ian Ward quoted as having “every confidence” in new children's services Cabinet Member Cllr Brigid Jones.

Bore misses a trick by allowing Labour to scrutinise itself (Birmingham Post) Chris Game of the University of Birmingham offers his personal analysis of the Cabinet line-up announced by Council Leader-elect Cllr Sir Albert Bore.

'Failure of leadership' led to voters rejecting an elected mayor (Birmingham Post) Sion Simon claims that the Government's failure to clearly explain the benefits of an elected mayor led to the recent 'no' result in Birmingham's referendum.

Derelict pool revamp plan put on hold (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of a decision by the incoming council administration to review plans to revamp Stirchley Baths into a community centre.

What now for culture in our city? (Birmingham Post) Ammo Talwar, CEO at Punch Records, expresses his concern at the removal of a Cabinet post specifically covering the portfolio of Leisure, Sport and Culture.

Red Cabinet has green tint (Birmingham Post) Neil Elkes' weekly column - in which he looks at the establishment of new Cabinet portfolios, those appointed to Cabinet and the Conservative group's plan for being in opposition.

A retrograde step for arts (Birmingham Post) Former Cabinet Member Martin Mullaney criticises the new Cabinet structure, claiming there is no clear focus on leisure, sport or culture - the areas his portfolio covered.

Brit of boom for Brum economy (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at how major events including the Olympics and jubilee could boost the Birmingham economy. Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward quoted.

Union backs council living wage scheme (Birmingham Mail) Unison regional secretary Ravi Subramanian has praised plans to introduce a minimum “living wage” of £7.20 per hour for city council employees.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police have announced plans to launch a specialist drugs unit to crackdown on cannabis farms across the force area.

More than half of the 280 jobs set to be axed by the BBC as part of its review of the regions now look set to be saved.

National Headlines

General Motors is to confirm this morning that Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant has been saved, securing the jobs of 2,100 staff and creating hundreds more.

David Cameron is to insist it is his job to “keep Britain safe” whatever the fate of the eurozone, in a speech set to be delivered at a business conference in Manchester today.

Higher university tuition fees have not boosted teaching time at England’s universities, research suggests.

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