Media Watch – Sept 15

By on 15/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the Papal visit.

Under fire council cuts student social work placements (BBC Online) A council criticised for failing to protect vulnerable children has cut student social work placements from 208 to just 89, Unison claims. Birmingham City Council’s social work department has been under fire in light of the death of Khyra Ishaq who starved to death at her Birmingham home in 2008.

Legionnaires still a mystery (Birmingham Mail) Health officials are still investigating how a Birmingham City Council caretaker contracted legionnaires’ disease.

Brum first up in cuts row (PA Newswire, BBC Midlands Today, various regional publications) Unions are preparing to do battle with the Government over ‘obscene’ cuts to public services. And Birmingham is set to become the first battleground of a campaign to fight spending cuts.

Birmingham City Council denies ‘redundancy threat’ (BBC Online) Twenty-six thousand Birmingham City Council staff have been sent letters advising them of possible changes to their terms of employment. The UK’s largest local authority has posted letters to its non-school employees to consult them about accepting flexible working contracts.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Airport warning over Pope visit (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net)
People hoping to see the Pope leaving the UK at the end of his four-day visit have been urged not to go to Birmingham Airport, the location of his departure.

Choir tuning up for Cofton Park mass (BBC Online)
Three generations of one family are getting ready to perform at a Mass taken by the Pope on Sunday. Helena Madden, her father Maurice, daughters Elizabeth, 13, and Sarah, 15, and husband Francis, are members of Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Shirley.

Scientific minds to meet in Birmingham  (BBC Online)
People across the West Midlands are being encouraged to challenge the UK’s top scientists as the annual British Science Festival comes to Birmingham.

National Headlines

Speed of defence review ‘could put operations at risk’
The speed of a crucial review of the UK’s defence and security needs could put combat operations at risk, the chair of an MPs’ committee has said.

Bank of England governor Mervyn King to face unions
Bank of England governor Mervyn King will address the TUC later – only the second holder of the post to do so in the union umbrella group’s 142 years.

Badger cull plans for England being unveiled
The government is to set out plans later for a badger cull in England, which it believes is necessary to curb tuberculosis in cattle.

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