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News roundup 1.11.07

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News of interest to local government in today's papers.

The Guardian leads with "'Fit towns' plan to tackle child obesity" on the news that the government is set to expand plans for eco-towns by turning them into "fit towns" - towns that are planned in a way that encourages people to be more active.

Immigration

Reporting on the Local Government Association's report on the need for a£259m contingency fund to help councils deal with migration, The Daily Telegraph suggests "Migrants may push up council tax".

The Sun comments that Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission, made a surprise gesture to the Tories on immigration, by praising attempts to de-radicalise the issue of immigration.

Supermarkets

Detailing possible impacts of the Competition Commission's report into supermarkets, The Daily Telegraph declares "Report hits Tesco expansion plans" and The Times headlines "UK's 'big four' supermarkets may have to sell stores after grocery inquiry".

Meanwhile, The Guardian acknowledges that while supermarkets are necessary, it is important to put limits on their continuous expansion.

Education

The Daily Mirror comments that education is prime minister Gordon Brown's passion, yet argues plans to close hundreds of failing schools "smacks" of a search for a soundbite.

Scottish independence

The Daily Telegraph claims that Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond (SNP) is a dangerous man, warning that he should not be underestimated as he makes the case for Scottish independence.

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