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News round-up 15/11: Economic gloom gathers

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

Economy

Deep-seated fractures in the global economy could trap Britain in a “low-growth straitjacket” for several years, the Times reports Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King as warning yesterday. In a grim assessment of the economy three weeks before the Autumn Statement, the Bank said Britain faced “persistently low growth” and that authorities had little capability to kick-start a strong recovery.

Meanwhile the Financial Times reports that the resilience of the labour market appeared to be starting to fade with a fall in unemployment of 49,000 to 2.51m – the lowest level for 15 months – offset by an unexpected rise of 10,100 to 1.58m in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance.

 

Elections

Prime minister David Cameron is urging the public to vote today in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections amid fear of a record low turnout, the Times reports.

Meanwhile, the same paper says Labour is on course to win by-elections being held in Manchester Central, Cardiff South and Corby.

 

Education

Education secretary Michael Gove has drawn up proposals for more redundancies in the education department as part of the a plan to cut running costs by a quarter of the next two years, the Financial Times reports.

 

Onshore wind turbines

Chancellor George Osborne’s father-in-law has fuelled tensions within the government over its energy policy by claiming that Mr Osborne is privately manoeuvring to undermine David Cameron’s climate change promises, the Independent reports. Secret filming showed Conservative energy and resource security adviser to the foreign secretary Lord Howell telling a Greenpeace activist, posing as an anti-wind-farm lobbyist, that the chancellor shared their hostility towards onshore wind turbines and was “putting pressure” on the prime minister.  Responding, the chancellor issued a statement insisting he “supports government policy which has helped secure record investment into the UK energy infrastructure”.

 

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  • Gove will have to re-invent the DoE in a regional form to regulate and support the the swelling population of Free Schools and Academies.

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