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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 11:45HRS

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Hundreds of teachers who have been sacked for incompetence are ...

Hundreds of teachers who have been sacked for incompetence are

being allowed to carry on teaching in other schools because their

former employers are failing to report them to the authorities,

reports The Independent(p1).

The General Teaching Council for England has said that local education

authorities were breaking the law by failing to inform the orgy best value

indicators 82a and b. This will be reviewed once detailed tonnage

data is available through the Municipal Waste Management Survey

2002/03. We expect to publish a news release with the first results

from the Survey in April 2004, prior to publication of the full

report in the summer.

3. DEFRA's Waste Implementation Programme is devoting£174m over the

next three years to strategic measures helping authorities to divert

waste from landfill. The programme includes a local authority support

unit, aimed specifically at assisting local authorities to reach

their statutory recycling targets, and ultimately their landfill

allowances, in order to meet the Landfill Directive targets. The unit

will identify barriers to improved recycling performance and provide

help, where appropriate, in the form of best practice guidance,

practical support and consultancy advice.

4. The secretary of state has powers under section 15 of the Local

Government Act 1999 to act where authorities are failing to deliver

best value. She may consider using these powers to require an

authority to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that statutory

performance standards for recycling and composting are met. That is

likely to have financial consequences for such an authority. In

general, however, ministers have made clear that they would only use

intervention powers as a last resort. DEFRA is committed to working

with local authorities, including through the Waste Implementation

Programme, to ensure that standar ds are met.

Table of Best Value Indicators for waste

BVPI Description

82a Percentage of the total tonnage of household waste arisings

sent for recycling

82b Percentage of the total tonnage of household waste arisings

sent for composting

82c Percentage of the total tonnage of household waste arisings

used to recover heat, power and other energy sources

82d Percentage of the total tonnage of household waste arisings

which have been landfilled

84 Number of kilograms of household waste collected per head

86 Cost of waste collection per household

87 Cost of waste disposal per tonne municipal waste

89 The % of people satisfied with the cleanliness standard in

their area

90 The % of people satisfied with (a) household waste

collection (b) waste recycling and (c) waste disposal

91 Percentage of population resident in the authority's area

served by a kerbside collection of recyclables

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