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NATIONAL PRESS - ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES - UPDATED 11.30AM

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ANTI PAEDOPHILE PROTESTS CALLED OFF AFTER COUNCIL BROKERS DEAL ...
ANTI PAEDOPHILE PROTESTS CALLED OFF AFTER COUNCIL BROKERS DEAL

Portsmouth City Council acting chief executive Roger Ching said the decision by anti paedophile campaigners to call off their demonstrations was 'a significant move forward and a very positive step.' A fifth family has been driven from their home on the city's Paulsgrove estate after a week of protests, reports The Guardian(p1).

At a meeting yesterday with the city council and the police, protesters agreed to show the authorities their list of 20 alleged paedophiles they say are living on the estate.

FATAL FIRE: COUNCIL NOT LIABLE OVER LOCKED WINDOWS

The court of appeal hearing which found Rhymney Valley DC not liable over the death of three children in a council house with locked windows is examined in a Times Law Report(p26).

MIDLAND RAIL NETWORKS TO GET£600M INVESTMENT

The operators of Chiltern Trains and Midland Mainline have been allowed to keep their franchises in return for a programme of improvements, reports The Times(p6). M40 Trains and National Express will invest£600m buying new trains, building new stations and increasing and extending services on the two rail networks. See LGCnet'NEW FRANCHISE SET BENCHMARK FOR LONG TERM RAIL INVESTMENT'

CALL FOR COUNCILS TO BE EMPOWERED TO ORDER CUTTING BACK OF HEDGES

An editorial in The Timesreads: 'Legislative solutions to problems that are best resolved by the parties themselves are not normally to be encouraged. But in this case, action is long overdue; and it is best taken at the level of local authorities. The only hedges that should be dealt with by councils are those that have become a bone of contention.' For details of the DETR's new measures to deal with nuisance hedges see LGCnet.

GOVERNMENT OWED£900M FROM OVERPAYMENT OF BENEFITS

Overpayment of social security benefits amounts to£900m, the public accounts committee says today in a new report. The Financial Times(p2) says the report attacks the Benefits Agency for failing to keep the lid on social security error.

LARGEST SCHOOLS PFI DEAL EXAMINED

The high number of schools involved represents a more complex risk profile for project finance investors, writes the Financial Times(p28) in a report on the signing of a private finance initiative worth£1.2bn for the construction, maintenance and provision of services to 29 Glasgow schools.

By LGCnet news editor Gary Henson

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