Social services managers from Welsh councils and Welsh Assembly representatives were among those who attended a conference in Wales to decide how to tackle major incidents such as floods. Delegates at the conference, Ready or not, it will happen, said problems had arisen through duplication of emergency efforts and confusion over who was in charge.
Carmarthenshire CC's environment and economic develop-ment department is powering its lights and computers using 'green' electricity supplied by renewable sources.
The council is one of several in Wales using the electricity. It is estimated the switch will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 162 tonnes a year.
The council intends to increase its use of green electricity.
-North West Change
Manchester Business School has won two contracts which will help set the direction of the government's initiative on crime involving young persons for the next 10 years.
The school's North West Change Centre will be working on community safety and drugs misuse with the aim of improving services and safety in the community and reducing the misuse of drugs in the area.
A new education project manager has been jointly appointed by Suffolk CC and Ipswich Town Football Club. Sacha Frost will be based at the club in Portman Road and will develop and expand the use of the football club and its stadium as a learning resource for Suffolk's children.
Lambeth LBC's social services department has been awarded£713,618, the largest grant of any London borough, to provide services specifically for carers. The grant will be used for respite care, support for young carers aged between five and 18 and ethnic minority carers.