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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS (UPDATED 10.45AM)

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WOODHEAD: THE FINAL REPORT ...
WOODHEAD: THE FINAL REPORT
Former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead accuses the government of failing to deliver its promised radical transformation of education. The introduction of the national literacy and numeracy strategies - which have transformed primary education - was his biggest personal contribution during his time as Ofsted head, he believes, reports The Daily Telegraph(p6). Mr Woodhead spells out his views in a major article in the paper(p29) titled 'Blair and Blunkett have not delivered. The children have been betrayed'.
LONDON AIRPORT DEAL GIVES£50M PROFIT TO BARCLAYS
Barclays Bank is due to end its financial control of Luton airport, leased to airports operator TBI by Luton BC.
The Daily Telegraph(p38) reports that Barclays will make a profit of£50m in the deal which will see TBI increase its holding up to 90%.
GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO CUT VEHICLE NUMBERS: ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
The price of petrol would have to rise to a level that was 'politically intolerable' to persuade people to leave their cars at home, said environment minister Michael Meacher. In a debate on the environment yesterday, reported in The Independent(p11) Mr Meacher also said that local transport plans have had an impact on sites of special scientific interest. 'They are not finalised. They are not settled. I am extremely confident of that.' Meanwhile, the Highways Agency yesterday published plans for new bypasses, major road improvement schemes and small-scale local road improvements, reports The Times(p12).
FOOT-AND-MOUTH OUTBREAK COULD HIT BOTH CENSUS AND COUNTY ELECTIONS
Agriculture minister Nick Brown has warned that the census count on April 28 may have to be postponed because of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, reports The Independent(p10). The minister told MPs yesterday that the count may be affected by fears of canvassers spreading disease. Meanwhile, Local Government Chronicle reports that county council elections on May 3 could be postponed if the outbreak continues to escalate.
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