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LGC NEWS IN BRIEF

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Victory for Tyson ...
Victory for Tyson

City of Glasgow Council has given the go-ahead for boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson to fight at Hampden Park later this month despite protests. A special safety certificate has been granted for the bout.

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Scots stop shop

The first one-stop shop in Scotland has opened to provide quick access to health, social work, resettlement and housing. The£1.1m centre from City of Edinburgh Council provides homeless people with access to advice and services.

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Planning online

The Planning Inspectorate is to develop a planning internet service, using a£3m grant from the government's capital modernisation fund. The inspectorate hopes the service will link it up with councils and other statutory bodies to streamline appeals and other work.

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Ealing strikes

Unison members at Ealing LBC went on a one-day strike over pay and conditions on Wednesday. The union says the council has threatened to sack staff, impose pay cuts and is backing out of job evaluation under single status.

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Highlands low vote

A council candidate in the Highlands polled just three votes at a by-election, despite having found 10 people to nominate him. Mike Foss stood as an Independent candidate.

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Ofsted praise

Tower Hamlets LBC and Manchester City Council have both been praised in their latest Ofsted reports. Chief inspector Chris Woodhead said Tower Hamlets proved how effective leadership could turn even a disadvantaged area around.

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Hambleton tops

Last week's table of the best council tax collection omitted Hambleton BC, which had a collection rate of 99.0% in 1999-2000. This compared with 98.3% the previous year.

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Pensions

A guide to transferring pensions in outsourcing deals has been published. The pension implications of transferring employees to an external provider is available on the Employers Organisation website: www.lg-employer.gov.uk

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Armstrong urges business link

Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has urged councils to work more effectively with local businesses. She said good working relations were crucial for the introduction of new local supplementary business rates.

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