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LGC NEWS BRIEFS

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The public sector finds it easier to fill jobs than the private sector, according to a survey commissioned by the g...
The public sector finds it easier to fill jobs than the private sector, according to a survey commissioned by the government. The survey, compiled by researchers at Warwick University, revealed the vacancy rate in the public sector was 2.2% compared to 2.8% for the business world. Only one in seven of the 360,000 hard-to-fill posts were in the public sector, the report said.

The officer in charge of Scottish Borders Council's schools budget when it collapsed two years ago embezzled almost £30,000, a court has heard. John Taylor was dismissed as assistant director of education (finance) in 2001 after councillors found a £3.9m overspend in his budget (LGC, 9 October 2001). Mr Taylor admitted two counts of embezzlement.

The most deprived areas in England are to share £800m to fund regeneration schemes, deputy prime minister John Prescott has announced. The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund allocation, which will be spread over two years, will help 88 areas transform the 'quality of life' of residents.

London employers have made their first offer in the negotiations over London weighting, £201 extra a year for salaries up to around £12,000 a year. Unions are consulting on their response.

Bradford MDC chief executive Ian Stewart has been appointed to the role at Cambridgeshire CC.

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Andrew Stephens has been appointed as the director of the Local Government Data Unit - Wales. Mr Stephens, head of the quality centre at the Office for National Statistics, will take up his post on 6 May.

Cardiff CC is to appoint a new director for health and social care in the wake of last year's critical joint review of social services. The post is expected to attract a salary of between £100,000 and £115,000 - the first six-figure salary for a chief officer post to be advertised by the council.

The Improvement & Development Agency has produced a guide on council newspapers -Making the news: publishing your own council newspaper.

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Council tenants in Stockport MBC have voted against transferring their homes to a housing association. The council is now trying to decide how to raise the cash needed to bring more than 13,000 homes up to government standard.

Welsh councils may be forced to dip into their budgets for pre-16 education in order to meet an £11m shortfall in sixth form funding, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.

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