the government's plans to extend privatisation in public services.
The North West Constitutional Convention is launching a three-month consultation programme aimed at improving regional government. The convention has found government finance settlements disadvantage the north west, and regional bodies lack accountability. It suggests an immediate referendum on elected regional government.
LGC Map: Our pull-out map in last week's LGC detailing the political control of councils wrongly labelled East Sussex CC as having no overall control, when in fact it is Conservative controlled.
The Scottish Executive is to set up a one-stop shop which will combine the offices of every public sector ombudsmen in the country.
Complaints will no longer be channelled through the traditional MSP route. The proposals are based on responses to a consultation paper, called Modernising the complaints system.
Andrea Hill has been appointed the new chief executive at Colchester BC. Ms Hill is the deputy executive director of central services at North Hertfordshire DC.
Leader Bill Frame (Lib Dem) said: 'We are delighted to have secured
the services of Andrea and look forward to a fruitful working relationship with her.'