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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 12:00HRS

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BRADFORD ESTATE AGENTS DENY BLAME FOR INCREASING RACIAL TENSION ...
BRADFORD ESTATE AGENTS DENY BLAME FOR INCREASING RACIAL TENSION
Bradford estate agents have denied that they have created fear of falling house prices among white residents, thus increasing racial. The accusation comes in a report that will contribute to the findings of Lord Ouseley's race review of Bradford, where recent violence left more than 150 injured and cars and businesses damaged. The Ouseley report, published today, concludes that a 'white flight' and the departure of middle-class people is leaving behind 'an underclass of relatively poor, white people and visibly poor, ethnic minority communities,' reports the Financial Times(p4).
SOCIAL EXCLUSION UNIT TO INVESTIGATE FAILINGS OF SCHOOLING IN CARE
Tony Blair has asked the Downing Street social exclusion unit to investigate the plight of 58,000 children in the care of local authorities after evidence that most leave school at 16 without any form of qualification. Moira Wallace, the unit's director, will today send out a checklist of 45 questions to discover why children in residential and foster homes do so badly at school. It will cover access to after-school and holiday schemes as well as classroom performance, reports The Guardian(p8).
COUNCILS' CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION OPERATION UNDER OBSERVATION
The Daily Telegraph (p19) looks at the 360-camera CCTV crime-fighting experiment of Newham LBC and Tower Hamlets LBC and asks whether the threatening or curtailing of our individual freedoms.
'URBAN REGENERATION ... SHOULD BE THE CENTRAL SOCIAL CHALLENGE FOR ANY GOVERNMENT'
The Times(p19) carries a letter from the shadow secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, Archie Norman, who says: 'There could be few more graphic illustrations of the need to look again at our failing policies on inner-city regeneration than the recent disorder in Bradford, Oldham and Leeds. Urban regeneration should not be left to failing Labour inner-city councils. Renewing failed communities needs tough action: regeneration companies operating with statutory power in priority areas, backed by substantial tax incentives, with action on crime and education the foundation for recovery.'
CONGESTION CHARGES: LEADER AND LETTER
The Guardian's leaders page (p19) proposes that better public transport in cities should go hand-in-hand with congestion charges. A letter also in The Guardian(p19) from Keith Brogan of the Institution of Civil Engineers, notes that Ken Livingstone's plans are contrary to the ICE's 2001 transport survey.
by Assistant Editor Neil Watson
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