26/07/2014 Midlands Today


26/07/2014

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1,000 jobs are to be axed by Coventry City Council.

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The authority says it needs to save ?60 million pounds

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because of reduced funding from Government

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and hopes all posts will be lost through voluntary redundancy.

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But a union has warned that the city's public services

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will be left on the brink of "collapse".

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Four years ago, these Coventry City Council workers

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Today, the authority says there's more pain to come.

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They want to axe another 1,000 posts `

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the loss of one in six jobs over the next three years.

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allows people who want to leave to leave

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and after that we will be able to re`divert remaining workers

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into services that protect the most vulnerable.

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The move, expected to be signed off next month,

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will no longer be Coventry's largest employer.

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There is a danger of collapse of services.

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Although government is talking about a recovery,

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certainly in Coventry, the jobs are not there.

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So if you make people redundant, where will they go for a job?

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The authority couldn't tell us which services will be reduced

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but they'll protect the jobs of social workers.

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following the tragic death of Daniel Pelka

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and pressure to implement recommendations

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Here, building work's underway on the Friargate business district `

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Coventry City Council plans to move many staff here

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as part of a wider scheme costing ?59 million.

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A similar sum the Council says it's losing from central government.

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Do you think you have got your spending priorities wrong

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The move to Friargate, the new building

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close to the train station, will save us money.

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That is going to save us around ?500,000 a year.

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Labour and councils have been speaking

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about something called a graph of doom.

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It marks the point at which key public services

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And this authority says they could reach that moment

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A man's died after becoming ill at the Global Gathering festival

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The 20`year`old was taken from the event at Long Marston airfield

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to Warwick Hospital but medics were unable to revive him.

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Warwickshire police are treating the death as unexplained

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and a post mortem examination is due to take place later.

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in connection with a fatal shooting in Rugby.

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The body of a man, in his 20s was found in a vehicle

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A car was seen speeding away from the scene.

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Warwickshire police say passengers on the X44 bus may be key witnesses

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and are appealing for anyone who might have seen a silver hatchback

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Hundreds of people have been taking part

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in a march in Birmingham to protest against the fighting in Gaza.

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The West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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organised the march from Sparkbrook to the city centre.

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A letter was handed into BBC Birmingham

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ahead of a rally on the steps of the Mailbox.

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Time for a look at what's been happening at the Commonwealth Games.

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A second gold medal for Oldbury's Jodie Stimpson

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She teamed up with the gold and silver medallist

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and the bronze medallist, Vicky Holland, from the women's event.

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It feels quite special. The last time we did the relay, things did

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not work out. This is pretty special.

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In swimming, Amy Smith from Kidderminster

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are both through to the semifinals of the 50 metres butterfly.

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Amy will also compete in the final

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of the 50 metres freestyle later this evening.

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Then there's the final for medal favourite Adam Peaty

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from Uttoxeter, who broke his own record

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at the 100 metre breaststroke semifinals last night.

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In the cycling, Andy Tennant from Wolverhampton

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is through to the cycling points race final

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and Jess Varnish from Bromsgrove narrowly missed out on silver

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and will compete for bronze in the cycling sprint.

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The weather now, here's Charlie Slater.

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Good evening. Police to say that if you sick and tired of being hot and

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bothered, it will be cooler tomorrow. We have some showers which

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could be heavy and thundery as be going to be early hours of Sunday

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morning. It will still be another warm night. As we go through into

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Sunday, it will be a cooler day. There will be a lot of cloud around

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with a view showers in northern parts but those temperatures are

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down to the low 20s rather than the high 20s. As I say, it probably

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comes as good relief for some. We'll be back just

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after 5pm tomorrow evening, that's with Michael Collie

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here on BBC One. A bit of a change on the way, in

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fact it has already started in the north and west of the UK. It will be

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cooler, temperatures slipping back to where they

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cooler, temperatures slipping back to where they should be for this

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time of the year. Some sunshine, but also some outbreaks of rain. Ahead

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of this crowd, some sunshine and heat, 29 in Southampton but only 16

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in the Western Isles. Heavy rain for a time overnight working its way

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deep words -- eastwards. Elsewhere, largely dry, particularly in

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southern counties. Warmer in the south-east, 18 or 19 degrees. Any

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rain on the eastern side of England doesn't last too long. The western

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side of

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