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LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS IN TODAY'S PRESS

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Councils should be allowed to decide how National Health Service budgets are spent in there are, the Independent re...
Councils should be allowed to decide how National Health Service budgets are spent in there are, the Independent reports former health secretary Alan Milburn having said. He said in a speech that the NHS was in a 'no man's land' between a national and local system.

Residents will have to pay at tip

Householders will have to pay to take rubbish under a new rubbish collection regime, reports The Daily Mail. The charges will be introduced to deter those who try to dodge the impact of strict rubbish quotas at home.

Yesterday saw the publication of DEFRA's 'Waste Strategy for England 2007' and this morning's headlines consider the implications of the new white paper, with much of the focus being on proposed charges.

The Daily Express leads with 'Dustbins: now we face fines and taxes', while the Daily Mail declares 'Now pay for your trip to the tip' and the Daily Telegraph has 'Households face£30 fines if they fail to recycle rubbish'.

The Financial Times observes 'Recycling saves rubbish but not cash', while the Guardian is more positive, reporting 'Miliband unveils plans to reward recyclers while making wasteful households pay'.

Meanwhile, the Independent's 'The green house effect' front page examines the technology behind proposed eco houses.

In editorials, the Daily Telegraph implores local councils to use their powers responsibly, offering incentives for recycling rather than imposing penalties.

In a similar vein, the Times asserts that recycling would not be achieved by charges on households. The government should concentrate on helping recycling companies, allowing them to be more effective, the paper argues.

The Daily Mail asserts that plans to charge households were merely 'extortion'. Education and not punishment was the way to tackle waste and recycling, the paper insists.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror welcomes the balanced approach that the 'carrot and stick' reforms take.

In stark contrast, the Sun insists that the government should not intervene in this area, adding that the plans would lead to increases in fly-tipping.

in other news, the Daily Telegraph has 'Pensioners suffer as councils drive up fees at care homes', the Financial Times notes 'Darling in call for FoI controls'.

On freedom of information and its restriction due to excessive charges, the Daily Telegraph suggests that all information, apart from that of a sensitive nature, generated by public bodies should be in the public domain, allowing people to access it rather than wait for a civil servant to do so.

Do more for the South, Brown is urged

Gordon Brown must do more for voters in the South of England, a senior former minister said last night, reports The Daily Mail. Southampton MP John Denham argued southern voters were more affected by rises in council tax and immigration.

£1bn a year cost of asylum claims

Asylum claims made by illegal immigrants cost the public more than£1bn a year, according to a Home Office report, reported in The Daily Mail. That includes£700m on housing and benefits ad£37m on education of children.

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