Home secretary David Blunkett yesterday expressed concern that police had struggled to contain rioting in Bradford on Saturday night - the worst single night of violence this year, detailed in the Yorkshire Post(p4) - and said that extra powers may be given to riot police. Margaret Eaton, Conservative leader of Bradford City MDC, said efforts would be made to 'mend bridges' between communities. On Thursday, the council will publish a review of race relations in the city led by the former chairman of the commission for racial equality, Sir Herman Ouseley, reports the Financial Times
BRADFORD #2: ANGER AND DIVISION IN A DEPRIVED COMMUNITY PROVOKED BY FAR-RIGHT
Margaret Eaton, Conservative leader of Bradford City MDC, says there is 'a lot of positive work already under way,' but that the city still has to ensure everybody benefits. The council acknowledges there are problems of deprivation and of segregation in schools and housing in particular. 'At a time when relationships between communities should be improving, we are increasingly becoming divided,' the council says. 'There are signs that we are fragmenting along racial, cultural and faith lines. Rather than an environment where people are respectful and show tolerance for difference, attitudes are hardening and intolerance is growing,' reports the Financial Times(p3).
LGA APPEALS TO MINISTERS: COMPENSATE EMPLOYERS OF WORKING COUNCILLORS
The LGA wants ministers to consider financial compensation for employers who encourage staff to undertake public duties, as both the government and the LGA want to attract a more representative cross-section of the community to council service. The main difficulty for employed councillors, says an LGA study, is time and the negative attitude of their employers. Compensating the employer would encourage more to support staff in public service roles, reports the Financial Times(p4).
PPP #1: LABOUR CLLRS JOIN UNIONS IN ATTACKING PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC SECTOR
According to a poll of senior councillors, 42 per cent believe government plans to get them to work with private firms would pose a 'serious threat' to their local authorities. The survey, by the LGA and the insurer Zurich Municipal, also found that councillors believed partnerships with the private sector were unclear, reports The Independent(p6).
PPP #2: TUC RIFT FORCES RETHINK ON PRIVATE FIRMS' ROLE IN PUBLIC SECTOR
A TUC split on the future of public services has forced John Monks, its general secretary, to shelve plans for a joint statement on the 'legitimate role' of the private sector in key public services. Mr Monks had hoped to win the agreement of the TUC general council to issue a joint statement on the day of the union leaders' recent dinner with Tony Blair in Downing Street, but no consensus was reached, reports The Guardian(p5).
BAA TO BUILD MULTI-MILLION POUND HEATHROW RAIL LINK
Airports operator BAA is to build a multi-million pound rail route linking Heathrow with other parts of the rail network in a move to cope with increasing demands on public transport serving the airport. Government approval for Heathrow's Terminal 5 will enable it to forge ahead with this project for substantial expansion of Heathrow's rail network, dubbed Airtrack by the company, reports The Guardian(p18).
by Assistant Editor Neil Watson