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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 13:45HRS

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THREAT POSED BY BIRDS AT NEW LONDON AIRPORT ...
THREAT POSED BY BIRDS AT NEW LONDON AIRPORT

The case for building a new London airport at Cliffe on the north Kent coast has been dealt a further heavy blow by the publication of a reporthighlighting the danger to aircraft from bird strikes at the site. The government is to publish a white paper on aviation by the end of the year and is committed to taking a 30-year view on the provision of more runways, reports the Financial Times(p10).

LABOUR'S DISARRAY COULD SEE 'VERY MODEST GAINS INDEED' FOR CONSERVATIVES

In the contests for 308 English councils next month, 'analysts dismiss predictions of significant Tory gains as wide of the mark,' reports The Guardian(p13). The analysts in question are Rallings and Thrasher of Local Government Chronicle. The Guardian also includes a table: 'Marginal districts to watch.'

PUBLIC SECTOR VACANCIES EASIER TO FILL THAN THOSE IN PRIVATE SECTOR

The public sector has much less difficulty filling vacancies than private sector companies, an exhaustive survey of employers commissioned by the government suggests. The Employers Skill survey for the Department for Education and Skills found that a significantly smaller proportion of jobs was unfilled in the public sector compared with the private sector, reports the Financial Times.

TEACHERS ASSEMBLE TO PROTEST ABOUT THEIR WORRIES

On the eve of the Easter conference season, Guardian Education(p2) talks to NUT leader Doug McAvoy about teachers' worries over funding and workload.

SELLER'S PACKS: 'GIVING THE CONSUMER A BETTER DEAL'

Minister of state for housing, planning and regeneration Lord Rooker has a letter in The Daily Telegraph (p23) on seller's packs and the estimated £350m a year wastage they are designed to prevent. 'The point of the pack is to enable buyers and sellers to sign on the dotted line earlier,' he writes, 'by ensuring the information both parties need is provided up front. It will help to prevent negotiations collapsing when important information is provided too late.'

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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