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LGC NEWS IN BRIEF

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Tyson battle ...
Tyson battle

Unison is advising workers to refuse overtime on the night former world heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson fights at Hampden Park in Glasgow, in a bid to get the bout cancelled.

Joint planning

The Local Government Association has agreed to work closely with the DETR to improve the planning process and increase resources for planning services. The LGA hopes the move will allow councils to provide more low-cost housing.

Elderly despair

Too many social workers and other professionals believe little can be done to help elderly people subjected to abuse, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report has warned.

The study, based on interviews with women victims of elder abuse and social care staff in three council areas, found many victims did not know how to seek help.

Germany calls

Deputy London mayor Nicky Gavron has made an official visit to Berlin, the first trip by a London-wide elected representative to another European city in 14 years.

McGlone takes risk

Kevin McGlone is the new chairman of the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers. Mr McGlone, assistant finance director at Knowsley MBC, succeeds David Fleetwood.

Scots praised

Scottish finance minister Jack McConnell has praised Scotland's performance in using European Union structural funds. The country spent 99% of the money available to it in the last funding round.

Welsh grants

The Welsh Assembly has announced grants of more than£48m for people with learning disabilities. The funds go to councils and health authorities to pay for community-based care.

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