The Conservative Party has pledged to transform the characterless estates of the suburbs into vibrant modern villages, the Independent on Sunday reports (p27).
According to the Independent on Sunday, the paper is the next stage in the Conservative Party's vision for reviving local communities. It is billed as linked to David Cameron's vision to rejuvenate council housing stock.
EXAM BOARD BACKS A* GRADE FOR A LEVELS
The head of the country's biggest exam board, the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, has spoken out in favour of a new A* grade at A-Level for the brightest pupils, the Independent on Sunday reports (p14).
Mike Cresswell described the idea, which has long been opposed by examiners, as one whose time had come. It would be a tool to help universities allocate places on the most popular courses.
Mr Cresswell's comments coincide with a strong defence of exam standards by ministers.
SPEED LIMITS 'SHOULD BE SET LOCALLY'
Local authority leaders have warned of a new generation of speed cameras throughout the countryside if plans to reduce limits on rural roads go ahead (Mail on Sunday, p39).
Transport minister Stephen Ladyman last week announced a review of speed limits. The paper says the review could lead to more 20mph and 30mph limits in towns and villages, with the biggest impact on rural routes, where 64% of road deaths occur.
David Sparks, chairman of the transport board of the Local Government Association, warned of the temptation to set up cameras for revenue-raising.
'We need to liberate our thinking and stop treating motorists as enemies of society', he said. Local speed limits should instead be determined locally, with limits varying according to the time of day and road conditions, he added.
TORIES PROPOSE COUNCIL TAX CUTS TO OFFSET ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL LEVIES
A Conservative Party transport policy review is considering plans for imposing steep taxes on air travel and gas-guzzling cars, offset by cuts in council tax, VAT and National Insurance contributions, according to the Sunday Telegraph (p6). The review is headed by Steven Norris, a former transport minister.