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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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CPA: THE ROAD TO INTERVENTION...
CPA: THE ROAD TO INTERVENTION

'Hit squads to take over the worst councils,' is how The Times(p1) chose to herald the sage words of local government minister Nick Raynsford on intervention. Audit Commission chairman James Strachan told the paper intervention was an 'absolute last resort. But there are going to be some cases where it is necessary and, for the people living in that area, desirable because they should not have to put up with the frankly low level of services they are getting.'

Those local authorities which emerge worst from the CPA may want to read a leading article in The Times(p23): 'Councils of despair.'

'Bungling councils' bosses to get chop,' is how The Sun (p2) reports the CPA results. Click herefor LGC Jobs ...

IN BRIEF:

-- City experts said yesterday that taxpayers will have to find£120m a year to subsidise firefighters' requirements if their demands for a 16 per cent pay rise are met, reports The Times (p27).

-- The general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Andy Gilchrist, uses the letters page of The Guardian(p23) to counter LGA chair Jeremy Beecham's recent letter to the paper. Mr Gilchrist supports the shift and crewing system currently operated by the the fire service, noting: 'Most victims of fire die or are injured during the small hours. These figures would increase should so-called modernisation proposals, which lengthen response times and reduce staffing levels, be introduced.'

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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