Millions of workers will be guaranteed an extra eight days paid holiday a year under a national policy forum peace deal hammered out between the Labour leadership and the trade unions to ensure that unions bankroll Labour's general election campaign, reports The Independent(p2). The paper also previews Labour's annual conference in September, saying there will be demands for councils to play a bigger role in housing provision.
Ken Livingstone is under pressure to explain why his regeneration agency more than tripled its multimillion-pound budget for the use of external consultants last year, reports The Guardian(p9). Figures supplied by Mr Livingstone show the London Development Agency spent£3.3m on consultants in 2002-03 but£13m last year, compared to a 2001-02 spend of just£781,000.
LEADERS TWO OF UK'S LARGEST CITIES SEEK TO SAVE TRAM PLANS
Leaders from Manchester City Council and Leeds City Council are pressing ahead with plans to build tram systems, in the face of transport secretary Alistair Darling's announcement last week that the light rail schemes were unacceptable because of soaring costs. Manchester and Leeds councillors are incensed that their tram schemes have been scrapped, particularly when the government has sounded approval for Crossrail - a much more expensive, but London-based, transport project, reports The Times(p21).
MUSLIM GROUP CALLS OFF LONDON RALLY
A planned central London rally by a Muslim group accused of spreading extremist views was called off yesterday amid fears of violence and threats of prosecution from mayor Ken Livingstone. Omar Bakri, the spiritual leader of al-Muhajiroun, cited security risks behind the move of the meeting from Trafalgar Square to Epping Forest in Essex, reports The Independent(p7).
LABOUR CANVASS 'ROBOCOP' TO STAND FOR PARLIAMENT
Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon is being canvassed to stand for Peter Mandelson's vacated Hartlepool seat at the byelection, reported The Observer(25/7/04).
NO SECURE TENANCY FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE GRANTED ACCOMMODATION SUB-LICENCE
Homeless people who were granted a sub-licence to occupy accommodation which had been temporarily passed to a housing trust by a council did not thereby become secured tenants of the council. The revocation of the trust's licence by the council did not operate to create secured tenancies for those occupying the accommodation. The Court of Appeal so held dismissing appeals by Gavin Kay and seven others from a decision by Judge Cook in central London county court on 13 December 2002 ruling as a preliminary issue in possession proceedings that they were not secured tenants of Lambeth LBC, the first respondent. The second respondent was the London and Quadrant Housing Trust, reports The Times (p28).