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In Brief

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IoW deputy sacked
Isle of Wight Council has
sacked its deputy chief executive John Lawson after he was found to have committed serious failings in the unlawful procurement of coastal defence contracts (LGC, 1 November). The council rejected an offer by Mr Lawson to resign.
Deputy leader George Brown (Con) said his conduct “fell well below the standard the council and island residents should expect”.

LGA’s review call
The Local Government Association has called for building regulations to be revised following the Warwickshire
warehouse fire which is believed to have killed four firefighters. The association has asked ministers to examine if large warehouses should be
fitted with sprinkler systems.

Harlow ‘good’
Harlow DC has moved from a ‘poor’ to a ‘good’ comprehensive performance assessment rating in the space of just three years, following improvements in areas including housing
and regeneration. It believes it is only the third council to make such a rapid improvement.

Children’s Summit
Ann Jackson, director of
strategy at the Department for Children, Schools & Families, and Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, are among the speakers confirmed for LGC’s Children’s Services Summit on 29 and 30
Topics on the agenda for discussion include commissioning children’s services, engaging with young people, the Building Schools for the
Future programme and intervention and prevention. Attendance at the summit, including overnight accom-
modation, is free of charge. Please note that places are limited. If you would like to attend please email:

The LGC50 supplement inside this week’s issue contains an error regarding communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears. Ms Blears is MP for Salford, not Wigan, as the article states.

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