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LGC NEWS BRIEFS

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Newcastle City Council and Harrogate BC both will broadcast the results of today's elections on the web. ...
Newcastle City Council and Harrogate BC both will broadcast the results of today's elections on the web.

Newcastle will broadcast the results of all its 26 wards along with live pictures. Harrogate will update the results during the count every 15 minutes.

A Newcastle spokesman said: 'This is another example of council using technology to deliver information and services direct to the public in a low cost, convenient way for them.'

IDeA Knowledge has become the first government website to be awarded the Royal National Institute of the Blind's 'See It Right' award.

The website covers best practice principles across a whole range of council departments. The award is given to websites which provide a high standard of accessibility.

Keith Handley, programme change director at Bradford MBC, has left the council to set up a personnel consultancy.

The immediate past president of the Society of Personnel Officers will continue his work with the society in his role as past president.

David Bell has begun work as chief inspector of Ofsted. The former chief executive of Bedfordshire CC officially took over the helm on Wednesday, but he had been working behind the scenes with former chief inspector Mike Tomlinson for some weeks. The leader of Lincolnshire CC Jim Speechley (Con) was due to appear in court yesterday to answer charges in connection with a local bypass scheme (LGC, 14 December 2001).

In the league table of top-tier councils published in last week's LGC the shading made it difficult to distinguish between 'coasting' and 'poor performing' councils. This will be remedied in an updated version, which will appear later this month.

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