Seven police force projects have been awarded beacon status by the Home Office. They include community confidence building measures and an improved missing persons database.
The Institute for Public Policy Research has suggested tenants should be offered cash and other benefits in return for good behaviour. A report suggests more detailed contracts could reduce anti-social behaviour on 'sink' estates.
The number of permanent civil servants rose by 6,900 last year. Between April and October 1999 the numbers rose to 466,500. Casual staff fell 13% to 14,700.
Bus bar bid
Somerset CC has called for legislation to protect rural bus services. It wants the government to scrap a rule allowing bus firms to axe a service with 42 days' notice.
Gateshead MBC planners have vowed to demolish a car park featured in the film Get Carter despite fans' protests. The council plans to send star Michael Caine a lump of concrete as a memento.
Sports preserve us
Councils would have to grant planning permission before sports buildings could be demolished under proposed government regulations.
Local Government Association Labour chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham has challenged the Conservatives to match the extension of concessionary travel for elderly and disabled people announced by deputy prime minister John Prescott.