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ROUND-UP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS - 12:33HRS

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MAYOR BLAMES TUBE BOSSES FOR STRIKE ...
MAYOR BLAMES TUBE BOSSES FOR STRIKE

London mayor Ken Livingstone has blamed 'knuckleheads' in the tube's management for a fourth strike in 18 months. Mr Livingstone publicly criticised executives in charge of the system as a 24-hour stoppage from 8pm last night threatened to halt most services until tomorrow morning. The RMT rail union is claiming 5.7% and the Aslef drivers a 'substantial' increase while tube managers maintain 3% is all they can afford, reports The Guardian(P11).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,798475,00.html

PUBLIC SECTOR NEEDS PAY BOOST TO AVOID RECRUITMENT CRISIS

Chief executives in the public sector need to have a significant pay hike so they will not defect to the private sector despite earning an average£100k a year. Patricia Moberely, chair of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust says: 'If we are going to run hospitals properly we have got to have high quality chief executives,' reports The Society Guardian(P2).

http://society.guardian.co.uk/salarysurvey/story/0,12406,798244,00.html

SOCIAL CARE CODE REVISIONS WELCOMED

Unions have welcomed the 'significant' revision of the first codes of practice for social care. The final versions of the codes, which could affect as many as 1.5 million care workers, were published this week after an eight-month consultation. Ian Johnston, director of the British Association of Social Workers, says: 'To have secured agreement from, and published a code for, such a wide-ranging workforce represents a giant step towards consistently high-quality services for vulnerable people across the UK, ' reports The Society Guardian(P4).

http://society.guardian.co.uk/socialcarestaff/story/0,1141,798254,00.html

COUNCIL FAMILIES EVICTED FOR HOLIDAY HOMES

North Cornwall District Council are threating to evict families from homes to make way for holiday makers. The council has sent out dozens of holiday occupancy notices to tenants warning of eviction during the holiday season. Housing charity Shelter branded the move 'nonsensical', reports The Society Guardian(P4).

CAMDEN REVIEW RIGHT-TO-BUT AFTER COUPLE CASH-IN

Camden Council are trying to stop tenants right-to-buy after a couple made£94,000 selling their flat after buying it a bargain price. Council leader jane Roberts says: 'It needs to be modified. In Camden alone we have lost 25 per cent of our housing stock', reports The Sun(P27).

HUHNE DEAF TO UNION PAY BARGAINING

Chris Huhne will today put an end to a possible alliance between the Liberal Democrats and public sector unions when he commits the party to ending national pay bargaining and putting users of public services first. 'There is no way we are going to get into bed with them or base our policies on sectional interests as laid down by public sector unions like Unison or anyone else,' he says, reports The FT(P8).

http://search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=020925000602&query=public+sector+unions&vsc_appId=totalSearch&state=Form

ABUSED MAN WINS£3,000 IN LANDMARK FAMILY RECORDS CASE

A man claiming to have suffered years of child abuse by his father has won£3,000 damages after a court ruled social workers had breached his human rights by denying him access to his family records. After the case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg family lawyers said they thought the case would lead to a much wider disclosure from local authorities to children of personal records about their parents, reports The Independent(P2).

http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=336460

AND FINALLY ...

You might accuse him of being anal but the diligence of one council worker paid off after he counted sheets on toilet rolls and discovered his employer, West Somerset DC, had been caught short by its suppliers - earning the local authority£18,000 compensation, reports The Sun(P19).

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2002441268,00.html

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