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Unison in Waltham Forest LBC is calling on councillors to support a claim for a£4,000 London weighting allowance t...
Unison in Waltham Forest LBC is calling on councillors to support a claim for a£4,000 London weighting allowance to be paid to all local government staff.

The union says the payment is essential to overcome difficulties in the recruitment and retention of staff.

The director of social services at Hillingdon LBC has been appointed chief executive of Hillingdon Primary Care Trust.

Graeme Betts will take up the post in the new year following his temporary cover of it since the departure of David Panter in September.

Scottish local government minister Angus MacKay (Lab) and his deputy Peter Peacock (Lab) visited Aberdeen City Council, Dundee City Council and Edinburgh City council in the first stage of a review of major Scottish cities.

The Welsh Local Government Association's leader, Sir Harry Jones (Lab), and finance spokesman, Russell Goodway (Lab), have complained to Welsh local government minister Edwina Hart over next year's budget. They said councils will need extra grant to keep council tax rises less than 10%.

Carmarthenshire CC has received 21 applications for the job of chief executive. The Commission for Racial Equality and the Welsh Language Board have decided the council should be allowed to insist the successful candidate speaks Welsh.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation set up to promote sustainability in London will be launched next week.

The London Sustainability Exchange will work across all sectors to devise projects to improve the quality of life for Londoners.

The Local Government Association has welcomed the government's proposals to review financial arrangements for students.

The LGA will campaign to ensure the system does not deter students from poorer backgrounds, and will work to make sure half of those under 30 have access to higher education opportunities by 2010.

Audit Scotland has appointed former senior civil servant Philip Taylor as a non-executive board member.

Mr Taylor has experience in both the public and private sectors.

Unison members at Southampton City Council are being balloted for action short of a strike to stop the closure of canteen facilities. Eight canteen workers are due to be made redundant when the facility closes in December. The ballot result is due on Tuesday.

The Adoption and Permanence Taskforce will work with 12 more councils to improve their performance.

The taskforce helps councils deliver better adoption services.

Four fire services have received a share of£50m of private finance initiative credits, handed out by junior local government minister Alan Whitehead.

Services in Cleveland, Essex, Suffolk and Tyne & Wear were successful in the third round of bids.

Dr Whitehead said: 'The successful bids show a commitment to the government's aims for modernisation of public services and all have the potential to be successful PFIs.'

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