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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL AUTHORITY STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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FINE FOR CENSUS REFUSENIK ...
FINE FOR CENSUS REFUSENIK

Wiltshire clergyman Rev John Papworth was fined£120 yesterday for refusing to fill in his census form, claiming that the information would be used by politicians to create a European 'super-state'. He is one of about 90 people who have refused to fill in their forms, and two others have also been prosecuted, reports The Daily Telegraph(p15).

BRITISH OFFICIALS TO HELP CLEAR FRANCE'S IMMIGRANT BACKLOG

Britain will send officials to France to assist in clearing the backlog of immigrants at the Sangatte camp near the Channel tunnel and tighten asylum procedures in the UK in return for tougher French policing of Eurotunnel facilities, the two governments agreed yesterday. In what both sides welcomed as a 'breakthrough' agreement that ministers hope will stem domestic concern over asylum, the French government has also agreed not to open a second refugee camp in Bailleul, some 45km from the tunnel entrance, hoping that the agreed measures will relieve overcrowding at the Sangatte camp, reports the Financial Times(p14).

TRADE AND INDUSTRY SECRETARY UNVEILS£30M POST OFFICE INFORMATION PLAN

A£30m scheme to offer new services and information from post offices is being launched today. Under the Your Guideproject, information on benefits, jobs, training and grants will be accessed via touch-screen kiosks, freephones and leaflets. Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt launched a pilot project in Leicester, describing the initiative as an important step towards building a modern network of post offices.

MINORITY TEACHERS CANNOT BREAK GLASS CEILING

Black and Asian teachers are being discriminated against in terms of promotion prospects because of institutionalised racism in schools, a new report has found. A study of 10,000 teachers by the University of North London found that 21 per cent of white teachers with at least 15 years' experience had become heads or deputy heads while only 14 per cent of Asian teachers and 12 per cent of their black colleagues had done so, reports The Times Educational Supplement(p3).

by Assistant Editor Neil Watson

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