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IN BRIEF

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The High Court has ruled councillors cannot escape punishment for breaches of the code of conduct through a genuine...
The High Court has ruled councillors cannot escape punishment for breaches of the code of conduct through a genuine belief they acted correctly.

Waverley BC councillor Victor Scrivens (Lib Dem) appealed against the Adjunction Panel for England's decision on the basis he had 'reasonably but mistakenly' believed he had no declarable interests.

Councils let most construction contracts solely on price, despite government encouragement to look for best value by taking account of quality.

A survey by LGC's sister title Construction News found 80% of councils had awarded their most recent contracts to the lowest bidder.

This is despite trends in the construction industry towards long-term partnering between clients and contractors, and towards consideration of the whole-life costs of a project.

The government has granted councils more time to submit their plans for efficiency savings after 16 failed to meet the 15 April deadline.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said it had accepted a request from 'several' councils for an extension 'due to local circumstances'.

Councils said they had struggled to meet the deadline because of a lack of guidance from the ODPM (LGC, 1 April).

Jean Morgan has been appointed chief executive at South Northamptonshire Council.

Ms Morgan is currently strategic director at Sevenoaks DC. She replaces Robert Tinlin, who has moved to Southend-on-Sea BC as chief executive.

LGC TEAM'S NEW RECRUIT

Reporter Nick Golding has joined LGC and will cover politics, children's services and adult social care.

His e-mail address is nick.golding@emap.com

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