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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS IN THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS

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WOMEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN LOCAL POLITICS...
WOMEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN LOCAL POLITICS

Only 14 per cent of local authority council leaders are women because they are unable to combine top careers with family responsibilities, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg17).

The figures are revealed in a report published today by the Equal Opportunities Commission. It finds 6,000 women are 'missing' from top jobs in the private and public sectors. This includes 162 from 449 council leaders in local government.

Other newspapers cited another report figure showing only 20.6 per cent of local authority chief executives are female.

EOC press release

EOC report Sex and Power: Who Runs Britain? 2007

NEW LEAGUE TABLE SHOWS REDUCTION IN TOP GCSE PASSES

Results of a new league table due out next week are expected to show a fall in the number of pupils achieving five A* to C grade GCSE passes, reports The Independent (pg16).

If all subjects are considered, 58 per cent of pupils achieved top passes, but this falls to 45 per cent if passes include English and maths.

Ministers introduced the new league table to reflect passes including English and maths after concerns that some schools have shied away from traditional subjects in favour of vocational qualifications (worth four GCSEs) to boost league table performance.

TOYNBEE ATTACKS COUNCILS OVER WINDFARM REJECTIONS

All parties should order their local politicians to stop blocking wind farms, according to commentator Polly Toynbee, writing in The Guardian (pg31).

She says Conservative or SNP councils have blocked 40 per cent of wind farms, but Labour's Department of Trade and Industry is also guilty of holding up Section 36 applications for bigger projects.

Ms Toynbee adds that opposition by Tory councils leaves David Cameron's green policy in disarray.

'No party should tolerate its own local authority Nimbys stopping the most cost-effective clean energy currently available,' she concludes.

EX-MAYOR YET TO PAY VICTIM OF SEX DISCRIMINATION

A former mayor who was found guilty of sex discrimination claims he is too broke to pay his victim the£34,000 compensation due, reports The Times (pg9).

Tony Prior, 67, became infatuated with town clerk Sally Clerk, 31, when he was Mayor of Chard, Somerset.

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