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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES FROM THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 17:35HRS

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CARDIFF LEADER WANTS PUBLIC SECTOR SALARIES PUBLISHED ...
CARDIFF LEADER WANTS PUBLIC SECTOR SALARIES PUBLISHED

Cardiff CC leader Russell Goodway has called for the salaries of all senior managers of public authorities to be disclosed, reports The Western Mail (p5). He spoke out after Merthyr Tydfil appointed Alistair Neill as the country's highest-paid chief executive, reputedly at £120,000. Mr Neill is currently chief operating officer at Northamptonshire CC.

POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICERS BEGIN CRACKDOWN ON NUISANCE

The fight against crime moves into a new era in north Yorkshire today as 38 police community support officers start their training to play a key role in a crackdown on nuisance behaviour, reports the Yorkshire Post(p9). The move is part of a major offensive by the North Yorkshire force to provide more high-visibility policing.

HEAD TAKES PAY CUT AND FOUR-DAY WEEK TO BALANCE BOOKS

A headteacher has said he was left with no option than working a four-day week and taking a pay cut to resolve his school's cash crisis, reported The Birmingham Post (24/5/03, p1). John Nicholls of Buxton Primary School near Aylesham, Norfolk, is the latest head forced to take drastic action over the growing school funding crisis. Norfolk CC said that it has given the county's schools all the money that was available from its education budget.

SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER DEFIES LABOUR MPs' PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION TALKS DEMANDS

Jack McConnell has faced down a growing campaign by Westminster Labour MPs determined to block his deal with the Liberal Democrats for voting reform in Scottish councils, reported The Herald(p1). The first minister rejected demands for a special Scottish Labour conference to debate this opposition to proportional representation and reminded his critics t hat the Scottish Parliament had a majority for electoral reform, 'regardless of whether there is a coalition or not'.

COUNCIL'S CONCERN OVER PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION'S EFFECT ON RURAL COUNCILS

Highland Council is to commission a study on the likely impact of the Scottish Executive plans to bring in a proportional representation voting system for local government elections, reported The Scotsman (26/5/03, p8). The local authority is concerned with the effect that the introduction of the planned single transferrable vote system would have on it and other rural councils.

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CARE HOMES 'ON POINT OF COLLAPSE'

Funding of residential care homes for the elderly by the Scottish Executive and local authorities is a 'national disgrace', church leaders have said. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland heard that the Scottish Executive and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities were pursuing a 'despicable' policy which would lead to more care homes closing, reported The Scotsman (24/5/03, p8).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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