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Edinburgh homes

Edinburgh City Council has unveiled plans for 1,100 homes the first time it has built housing in 20 years. Affordable housing will be subsidised by the surplus generated from the sale of private housing, under plans due to be finalised by March next year.

Morris to stand

James Morris, the chief executive officer of the right-leaning local government thinktank Localis, has been selected to fight the Halesowen & Rowley Regis seat by the Conservatives. Mr Morris, who has held the Localis post since March, was selected after the previous candidate Nigel Hastilow stood down following his announcement of support for some of Enoch Powell’s views on immigration.

Appointment

The Audit Commission has named David Walker, currently editor of The Guardian’s public sector monthly Public, as its managing director of communications and public reporting. He will lead a team of 45 and report to commission chief executive Steve Bundred.

Flood funding

Local government minister John Healey has said he is working with 22 councils on a funding package to support 2,300 families so they do not have to pay council tax on homes hit by last year’s floods. Affected households had previously received an exemption of only one year.

Better play areas

Councils have faced calls for improved play areas following research revealing children gain too little adventurous play. An ICM poll for charity Play England found that 51% of seven to 12 year-olds were not allowed to climb a tree without adult supervision.

Trading rules

The Local Government Association has called for rules to protect the public from pedlars and fly-by-night traders. The call follows a survey in which 90% of councils reported that pedlars were a problem and in some areas were linked to gangs.

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