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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES FROM THE NATIONAL PRESS

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BLAIR STICKS TO MAY 3 ELECTION DATE ...
BLAIR STICKS TO MAY 3 ELECTION DATE
Changes to the electoral rules allowing postal voting is one of the calculations made by Downing Street in its determination not to delay the local and general elections beyond May 3. The paper reports 'growing protests' that the elections should be postponed until the foot and mouth diseases crisis is over. The Guardian(p1) says that a April 5 election is now out of the question. Also see LGC'Elections could be latest victim of foot-and-mouth'.
WOODHEAD NOW TARGETS 'CLAPTRAP' OF NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Former Ofsted head Chris Woodhead continues his attack on the government's education policies in a column in the Daily
Telegraph(p1). His piece headlined 'Cranks, claptrap and cowardice' is available here.
SCOTS TO GET GREATEST ACCESS TO INFORMATION - INCLUDING COUNCILS
Legal rights to access to information from all Scottish public bodies including local authorities were unveiled yesterday (see LGCnet). The Financial Times(p5) says that the draft freedom of information Bill gives Scotland a more open regime than the rest of the UK.
SPOTLIGHT ON BARCELONA REDEVELOPMENT
The redevelopment of the Spanish city of Barcelona is the focus of a Financial Times(p32) feature.
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