Media Watch – Nov 4 (am)

By on 04/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Overlapping interests (Society Guardian) Total Place is a new initiative to examine how cutting out duplication in public service delivery can improve quality and reduce costs. But is it really a ‘magic bullet’ solution. Mark Smith reports from a recent debate.

Farmer makes a rare trip to the big city to see his richest crop at the British Museum (Times) The farmer who owns the field where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold was discovered arrived at the British Museum yesterday in a state of mild distress.

City’s cultural life threatened – UB40 (Birmingham Post) UB40’s Brian Travers says Birmingham faces becoming a city famous for nothing more than ‘empty duplexes and shoe shops’ unless more is done to protest the music scene.

Tilsley rejects Denham claim (Birmingham Post) The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council hit back vigorously last night in rejecting government claims that the strategy for allocating cash grants from the £115million Working Neighbourhood Fund has been mishandled.

Anger as work displaces parade (Birmingham Post) An ex-serviceman and former Lord Mayor of Birmingham has accused the city council of letting down war veterans by starting building work in Centenary Square just two weeks ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

City boss ‘proud’ of equality move (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s human resources boss is ‘damn proud’ of the authority’s controversial Single Status programme, an employment tribunal has heard.

2010 reopening for Birmingham baths (Sports Management) Birmingham City Council has confirmed that Newtown Baths is set to reopen in early 2010 after it secured funding for the restoration of the facility.

Regional Headlines

Market stall move ‘will kill us’ 
Bullring traders have objected to plans to move the wholesale market out of Birmingham city centre which they say would “kill” their businesses.

Three arrested after drugs raids 
Three people have been arrested in two drugs raids in the Black Country.

Cannock plans blocked
Cannock District Council’s plans to change its voting system from annual local elections to one vote every four years face being delayed after the Government said that the local authority could not suspend its 2010 elections ahead of the planned 2011 change.

National Headlines

Five British soldiers shot dead 
Five British soldiers have been shot dead in Helmand Province, in an attack the UK military says was carried out by a “rogue” Afghan policeman.

MPs ‘must accept’ claims reforms 
The House of Commons speaker will argue that MPs must accept sweeping reforms to their allowances and expenses, the BBC understands.

Call to improve sick-baby units 
New standards for the care of sick babies have been published in an attempt to improve services in England.

General Motors cancels Opel sale 
General Motors (GM) has cancelled plans to sell a majority stake in its European car business Opel, including its UK brand Vauxhall.

M&S stores to sell other brands
Marks and Spencer is to start selling branded goods at its stores across the UK. It will mean 400 household brands, such as Kellogg’s and Coca-Cola, will be sold alongside M&S’ own products in areas such laundry, beer and pet food.

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