08/06/2014 Midlands Today


08/06/2014

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Good evening. Plans by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to share

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control room facilities havd been criticised by politicians. The Chief

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Fire Officer told the Sundax Politics in the Midlands th`t he

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needs to save money. But MPs have questioned why the brigade hs

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holding almost ?9 million in its reserves. BBC Radio Shropshhre's

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Political reporter, Joanne Gallacher, has the details. Another

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cold comes through at the c`ll centre in shoes Billy, does it

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really matter where your call is an search? Shropshire's director says

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they could save millions each year if they shared a call centrd. We

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must start making proposals to save money to balance the budget. Times

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are undoubtedly tough. They have already cut their budget by the 2p

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since 2010. A further ?900,000 has to be saved. It is reckoned that

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?300,000 could be saved by lerging call centres. With pressure mounting

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on budgets, there are questhons from local MPs about the amount they have

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in their reserves. One thing still not answered by the fire authorities

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is about their reserves of ?9 million. I am keen to find out what

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they are going to do with those considerable reserves. The chief

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fire officer said the money might be needed to meet future challdnges.

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The money might be used over the next five or six years. It does give

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the fire authority options `bout changes that can be made in the

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future. The consultation is due to end in September. A woman h`s died

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after the car she was driving, crashed near the Ettington Park

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Hotel in Stratford upon Avon. Two cars were involved in the accident

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on the A3400 around 8:40 last night. A woman driving the second car, was

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trapped for more than an hotr, and is now in a stable condition in

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hospital. The Education Secretary will announce the fate of 20 schools

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in Birmingham tomorrow caught up in the so `called Trojan horse affair,

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alleging increasing radicalhsation of Muslim practise in some city

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schools. Ofsted will also ptblish their inspections into the schools

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over recent years. More than 3, 00 people in Birmingham have shgned a

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petition calling for the ending of a racist witch hunt in Birmingham

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schools. But an education academic says all of these investigations

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actually throw the academic system into question. The Trojan horse

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School has called into question the academy project, the free school

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project. These are schools that have been prompted to be autonomous, to

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go their own way. If in so doing they become more fragmented and

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surveys smaller population over the interests of the larger comlunity it

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creates a problem for the schools community as a whole. And Adrian

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Goldberg will have a special programme on the Ofsted reports into

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the Birmingham schools linkdd to the so`called Trojan Horse plot on BBC

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WM from one to four tomorrow afternoon. A piece by a

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prize`winning composer, inspired by a visit to an Arsenal footb`ll match

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20 years ago, has had its premiere in Birmingham. Around 1,000 singers

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performed Crowd Out. It's ddscribed by composer David Lang as bding "an

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orchestra of people using their voices". It will be performdd in

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Berlin and London later in the month. It's been a mixed dax but

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warm. Let's find out now wh`t's in store for this week with Mel Coles.

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Good evening. For many placds it has been a fine day with plenty of warm

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sunshine but there have been some showers this afternoon which will

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continue into this evening, am heavy and sundry. Cloud increases bringing

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the risk of ardour showers hnto Monday morning. It will feel humid

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with temperatures not dropphng below 11 degrees. Tomorrow starts damp in

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some places. There will be showers during the morning. Then a dry spell

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but showers will develop ag`in during the afternoon, some heavy and

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potentially thundery. That's it for time being. I'll be back with our

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late bulletin at 10:15 tonight. I hope you can join me then. But from

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all of us here for now, havd Good evening. We got to 25 Celsius

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this afternoon. There were some heavy showers elsewhere. Low

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pressure to the west of the United Kingdom, anticlockwise winds around

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that, dragging in some warm air from the near continent. The showers will

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tend to fade away from Scotland and Northern Ireland overnight. Further

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showers drifting up. 8.00am, in the South West, it is largely fine and

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dry. Fairly warm, though. Could be 17 or 18 at 8.00am. So quite a warm

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start to the day. Maybe one or two showers in the south. A much

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