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News round-up 5/3: End spending review 'nimbyism'

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

Spending review

The Independent leads with news that David Cameron is to order Cabinet ministers to end their “cuts Nimbyism” as they threaten to derail the Chancellor’s demands for another £10bn of spending reductions.

The paper says the Prime Minister will rebuff Conservative ministers who are pushing for more cuts to the welfare budget in an attempt to protect their own departments from further reductions.

Meanwhile the schools budget could be lined up for spending cuts, the Guardian reports. It says David Cameron and George Osborne are bracing themselves for a “bruising few months” as ministers embark on “shroud waving” ahead of the spending review. 

 

School standards

Primary schools that fail to raise pupils’ reading, writing and maths skills to a level suitable for secondary school are to named and shamed, writes the Times. From this summer, league tables will include a measure giving the proportion of pupils in each primary that reach new standards of literacy and numeracy, the paper says.

 

Housing

Ministers are set to announce a number of new schemes aimed at reviving the flat lining house building industry and help people enter the housing market. The Financial Times says the pre Budget unveiling may be met with some scepticism after earlier announcements failed to prevent stagnation in the industry.

 

Public health

The Daily Telegraph leads with the news that Britain is failing to keep pace with public health improvements in other Western countries. It says authors of the report, published in the Lancet journal, said it should serve as a “wake up call” to tackle obesity and smoking. Councils will become responsible for public health next month.

 

Health indicators

Speaking on the Today Programme, Sir Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer, said that in comparison with 18 other industrialised countries the UK was lagging behind on many indicators for ill-health.

He suggested that more needed to be done to tackle lifestyle problems by addressing public health issues. Although the smoking rate had declined in the UK, it was still higher than other industrialised countries. The health risks in relation to obesity were now better understood but he suggested that this message could still be more widely dispersed.

 

Dementia

New research has shown that the number of Britons dying from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has soared over the past two decades, reports the Independent.

 

Arts in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council has found £600,000 a year for arts funding, after a proposal to scrap its arts budget attracted widespread criticism, the Daily Telegraph reports.

 

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