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In Brief

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Language classes

English language classes are to be targeted at migrants intending to stay in the country long-term. The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills has launched a consultation into how best councils can direct English classes to the most needy residents.

BNP fined£1,000

The Electoral Commission has fined the British National Party£1,000 for failing to submit its accounts for 2006 in time. The BNP should have filed its accounts by July last year.

£80m shared out

Nine council-led housing partnerships have been chosen to share£80m from the South East England Regional Housing Board. Successful bids were led by Windsor & Maiden-head RBC, Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton & Hove city councils, Elmbridge, Tonbridge & Malling and Reigate & Banstead BCs and Thanet DC.

ADASS agreement

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has signed an agreement with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group to collaborate on more joint work. It is hoped that the agreement could result in more independence and improved care for service users.

Bristol debate

Bristol City Council is inviting members of the public to help define its priorities as it holds its first ever ‘state of the city’ debate. Residents are invited to submit statements to the session which will be held on 15 January. The debate will be broadcast via a live webcast.

Housing cash call

The Defend Council Housing group is seeking to mobilise a coalition of tenants, trade unionists and councillors on 22 January in a bid to influence the passage of the Housing & Regeneration Bill. The group, which opposes the privatisation of council housing, wants MPs to sign an early day motion calling for new investment in council homes.

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