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News round-up 27/4: Local candidates shun national leaders

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government

Elections

Local party candidates are not using pictures of the three party leaders on their promotional literature because voters have overwhelmingly negative views of David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, the Financial Times reports.

Police are investigating claims of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets LBC, the BBC reports. Six Labour candidates complained to the Electoral Commission of “gross voting malpractice” and an “unprecedented” rise in the number of households applying to vote by post. Local government minister Grant Shapps suggested police should be stationed at polling stations in the borough to prevent “intimidation”.

The leaders of Wirral Borough Council have been accused of “election bribery” after promising council tax rebates to almost 30,000 benefit claimants even though they do not have to pay council tax, the Telegraph reports. It says £680,000 will go to people who are exempt from council tax. A spokesman for the council said no refunds had yet been made, and the authority would “look to see how this is best undertaken.”

 

Elderly care

The Daily Telegraph reports on the Local Government Association’s letter to the three party leaders warning the funding crisis in elderly care will lead to closures of libraries, parks and leisure centres. As LGC reported yesterday, the LGA has made a cross-party appeal for all parties to ‘embrace Dilnot’ amidst fears the government will duck the issue of reforming social care funding.

 

Pupil malnutrition

Half of teachers have seen pupils showing signs they have not eaten enough, The Independent reports. It says a survey of 515 teachers, by the charity the Prince’s Trust, found half had witnessed pupils suffering malnutrition or hunger pangs.

 

Care home inspections

The Telegraph reports that a Care Quality Commission inspector has been arrested on suspicion of bribery for allegedly asking for money in return for favourable reports.

 

Public sector pay

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said plans to introduce regional pay for public sector workers will reinforce the North-South divide, the Telegraph reports

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