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LGC NEWS BRIEFS

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The Local Government International Bureau is relaunching its website. The new website of the LGIB, the internationa...
The Local Government International Bureau is relaunching its website. The new website of the LGIB, the international arm of the Local Government Association, contains news and information from the Committee of the Regions.

www.lgib.gov.uk/

An elderly gypsy couple have lost their appeal against the demolition of their bungalow. A judge upheld Exeter City Council's enforcement notice to level the property, which was built without planning permission on a plot of land used by the couple since 1986.

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs has published a guide to help councils implement the government's contaminated land regime. The guidance aims to clarify the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Health Minister Jacqui Smith has lifted direction of Hackney LBC's children's service after improvements made over the past 18 months. Managers and staff have been told to ensure the number of unallocated children at risk does not increase over the next three months.

Alan and Judith Kilshaw have asked Flintshire CC to rehouse them and their children after losing their farmhouse. They claim they can no longer afford to live there after running up huge legal costs in their failed battle to retain custody of the internet twins.

The Scottish Executive has issued a consultation paper on regulating the private security industry, which includes proposals for the creation of a licensing system and a separate Scottish security industry body.

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