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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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Anger of pay row fire crews ...
Anger of pay row fire crews

More firefighters were suspended yesterday on the eve of crucial talks to stop national industrial action over pay. The Fire Brigades Union said 120 members at four stations in Greater Manchester have been sent home for refusing to operate new anti-terrorist equipment (Daily Mirror, p10).

Threat to charity status of public schools

The charitable status of private schools and hospitals will be challenged by a powerful committee of MPs and peers set up to examine the draft Charities Bill. Under the bill, to be published on Thursday, the schools and hospitals will have to demonstrate how they benefit the public, in order to retain their tax exempt status (The Times, p1).

Private school will set up city comprehensive

Dulwich College is to open its own state comprehensive in a breakthrough for Tony Blair's city academies policy. A financial sponsor, whose identity has not been disclosed, will invest£2m in return for£18m worth of government funding (The Times, p6).

A summer of discontent

Former social security minister Frank Field says Britain could face a summer of discontent because of rising oil prices, higher mortgage rates and industrial action (Daily Express, p4&5).

Weekly outings urged to help timid pupils

Swapping a stuffy classroom for the funfair to study trigonometry or poring over maps in an airport arrivals lounge should be regular experiences for every schoolchild, the thinktank Demos will say this week. The proposals for weekly 'school safaris' aim to reverse the decline of school trips and overcome children's fears (The Guardian, p3).

Error lets bad meat trader off the hook

One of Britain's most notorious illegal meat traders will escape prosecution despite being caught running a warehouse packed with 30 tonnes of dangerous and rotting produce. Environmental health officers from ten boroughs were involved in the failed 'Operation Lobster Pot' (The Guardian, p6).

The u gly truth about bored teachers

Exam invigilators often play games to overcome the boredom of their work. Boredom-breakers range from seeing who can walk the fastest lap of the hall, to the fiercely contested 'who can hand out the most extra paper' game (Daily Telegraph, p1).

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