Media Watch – October 9

By on 09/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City council boss Rogers’ plea for level playing field (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive has called on central government to stop treating local authority officials “like children”. Instead, Mark Rogers wants to see a “level playing field” between local government and Whitehall.

Rates revolution (Municipal Journal pge 1) Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham City Council responds to George Osborne’s decision to give councils power to set their own business rates, reflecting: “We shouldn’t be sniffy about this announcement – but we should understand the details before we jump for joy.”

Rogers urges government to stop treating chiefs like children (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers says devolution discussions and deals should be used as a way to stop central government from treating local authority chiefs and councils like children.

Birmingham’s Grand Central ‘not such a Grand Design’ (BBC Online) Kevin McCloud, the presenter of Channel 4 series Grand Designs, has said the architecture of Birmingham’s new Grand Central was “masking” other problems. But speaking at the opening of the Grand Designs show at the NEC, Mr McCloud was more complimentary about other recent additions to Birmingham’s skyline, including the Selfridges building and the new library.

Council targeted in mock funeral for the Earth (Birmingham Mail pge 20) Green campaigners will hold a mock funeral procession through Birmingham City Centre tomorrow, urging council workers to lobby their pension funds against fossil fuel investments.

Bore under fire over cost of IT contract for city (Birmingham Mail pge 24 lead) The chairman of a backbench council watchdog committee has accused Labour leader Sir Albert Bore of leaving unanswered questions over the multi-million pound Service Birmingham IT contract.

Regional Headlines

Missing hotelier Ranjit Power: India sent ‘wrong body’ to UK
The daughter of a British businessman thought to have been murdered in India says the body Punjab police have sent to the UK is not her father’s. Hotel owner Ranjit Singh Power, from Wolverhampton, 54, was last seen at an airport in Amritsar, Punjab, on 8 May.

Raped on duty at hospital
A man has appeared in court charged with raping a staff member on duty at Birmingham’s City Hospital.

National Headlines

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey back in isolation
A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has been readmitted to an isolation unit in London following an “unusual late complication”.

Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed
The scale of the growing financial problems in the NHS in England will become clearer later, when the latest accounts are published.


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