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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS IN THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS

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MINI-BROTHEL PLANS DELAYED BY GOVERNMENT...
MINI-BROTHEL PLANS DELAYED BY GOVERNMENT

The government is still 'consulting' with stakeholders on proposals announced almost a year ago to set up mini-brothels, reports The Independent (pg9).

If approved, the plans would allow two or three prostitutes to get off the streets and work together for their own safety. Plans to allow magistrates to divert street workers towards addiction services have also not progressed any further.

Police are still searching for the killer of five prostitutes in Ipswich.

LGC BESIEGED IPSWICH BACKS SAFETY DRIVE

MOBILE UNITS SET TO REPLACE POST OFFICES

Ministers are expected to announce plans today to set up mobile touring units to provide Post Office services in rural areas, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg1).

Vans would travel from village to village and sub-postmasters would set up a full service a few hours a week in host premises such as a shop, pub, petrol station, village hall or church.

Ministerial sources said protests from residents and MPs of all parties had 'focused people's minds' in Whitehall.

DCLG RATED POOR IN DEPARMENTAL REVIEW

The Department for Communities and Local Government has scored poorly in a performance review instigated by the Cabinet secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, reports The Times (pg28).

The DCLG performed poorly in two leadership categories - motivating staff and taking responsibility - and in all three delivery categorises. It performed better on setting direction, inspiring leadership and focusing on outcomes.

The department has been headed by three different ministers in three years.

DCLG permanent secretary Peter Housden responds.

TRANSLATION SERVICES COSTS LOCAL AUTHORITIES£25M A YEAR

Local authorities spend£25m a year on translating and interpreting details of their services, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg15).

Peterborough City Council, for example, translates recycling literature into 15 different languages.

Local government Phil Woolas said the system 'may need to be rebalanced' to focus on teaching people English. The Commission on Integration and Cohesion had been asked to look at this issue, he added.

MUSEUMS PLAY VITAL COMMUNITIES ROLE, SAYS REPORT

Museums bind communities together as well as reaping economic benefits through increased tourism, reports The Guardian (pg7).

The findings are contained in a report from the London School of Economics. It says museums are at the centre of conversations about identity and history - such as the Imperial War Museum, which has looked at the legacy of the second World War, and Liverpool, Tyne and Wear and Salford museums, which have run projects about asylum seekers.

SCHOOLS TOLD TO FOCUS ON USEFUL LANAGUAGES

A report due out today is expected to encourage state schools to teach economically useful languages such as Mandarin, reports The Times (pg19).

It will also recommend that language teaching be offered in all primary schools, and for secondary school language classes to be made more engaging to attract pupils. But it will rule out a return to compulsory language teaching.

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