Media Watch – Sept 22 (am)

By on 22/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Delegates hold discussion on underachieving white boys (Birmingham Post) Dozens of delegates attended a conference held at Birmingham NEC to discuss the rising problem of underachieving white boys i UK schools. Karamat Iqbal, school effectiveness advisor for BCC, quoted.

Clegg praises the achievements of Birmingham’s Lib Dems(Birmingham Post) Liberal Democart leader Nick Clegg claims his party’s achievements on Birmingham City Council mean they are ready to take power nationally.

Key players just won’t do without their wheels (Birmingham Post) They may have power and influence but the green credentials of Birmingham’s movers and shakers may be lacking. The members of this year’s Birmingham Post Power 50 list fell short when challenged by Friends of the Earth to survive without their car for the day.

Council cuts on the cards? (BBC Radio WM, Phil Upton Breakfast Show, 7.05am) Feature looking at the impact that the current tough economic times are having on councils. Reference made to Birmingham City Council having a £20million-plus deficit and Wolverhampton needing to save £7million. TUC rep Roger McKenzie interviewed, saying councils need to retain staff and be creative with their budget cuts.

Giving elderly their own care budgets will save £230m (Birmingham Post) Changes in the way social services are organised, championed by the Government as a way of giving elderly people more choice and control over their lives, will save Birmingham City Council £230million, it has been revealed.

Fashion designers get special shop window (Birmingham Post) A group of enterprising fashion designers have been given a unique opportunity to showcase their creations in Birmingham city centre during the Style in the City fashion weekend later this month. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

ArtsFest reflects Birmingham’s diversity (The Voice)  The people of Birmingham reclaimed the streets of their city just a week after violence erupted when members of the right-wing English Defence League protested against Muslim extremism. 270,000 people from every community in one of the UK’s most diverse cities came together to enjoy ArtsFest. Strategic Director of Environment and Culture Sharon Lea quoted.

Birmingham journalist spends day with social worker (communitycare.co.uk) Coverage of Birmingham Post and Mail reporter Richard McComb becoming a Birmingham City Council social worker for the day.

Regional Headlines

Fraudster in £3,000 petrol theft 
A conman used a cloned card to buy £3,000 worth of petrol at the same West Midlands petrol station over six days.

Council savings of £7.6m planned 
Proposed savings of £7.6m at Wolverhampton City Council are to go before the cabinet.

Mortuary worker jailed over theft 
A mortuary assistant who stole a dead man’s personal possessions has been jailed for 16 weeks.

National Headlines

Lady Scotland risks migrant fine 
The attorney general is in “technical breach” of rules on employing migrant workers, the BBC understands. Baroness Scotland is expected to be fined for employing a housekeeper from Tonga who did not have the right to work in the UK.

Clegg has made Lib Dems ‘grow up’ 
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has forced the party to “grow up” by facing the need to cut public spending, his spokesman has said.

Airlines plan ‘to cut emissions’ 
The aviation industry is to pledge to cut carbon dioxide emissions to half the 2005 levels by 2050, the head of BA will tell world leaders later.

Camp closure ‘won’t end problem’ 
Refugee campaigners have welcomed the closure of the camp known as the ‘Calais jungle’, but warn the problem will shift elsewhere.

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