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News roundup 21.09.07

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Discussing declarations from the chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Jenny Watson, that a high number of women taking employers to court was undermining the equal-pay tribunals,The Times states "Equal-pay tribunals 'not fit for purpose’”.

Meanwhile, on suggestions that there are 50,000 cases against councils waiting to be heard in the tribunal, system The Times headlines "No-win, no-fee lawyers say rising claims are just start of the deluge".

Election

In political news The Daily Telegraph offers "Brown delays election decision", stating that the prime minister will wait until after the Labour Party conference to decide whether to call an early election.

While The Financial Times states "'Rattle the cage' speech tightens Campbell's grip", discusses Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell's speech at the party's conference in Brighton.

Flood relief funding

Sheffield City Council has applied for£12.7m in government funding to cover infrastructure damage caused by the floods earlier this year, writes the Yorkshire Post. A spokesman for the council said it wanted to start work as soon as possible.

Neath Port Talbot staff sacked

Three council workers have been sacked and six resigned after managers discovered they spent up to two hours a day on auction website eBay, reports The Times. Union officials said Neath Port Talbot CBC had 'put temptation in their way' by allowing them access to external web sites.

Cycling

Finally, The Times, "Ride a bike? You must be rich", details the findings of a Department for Transport survey that suggests that the richer people become the further they cycle.

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