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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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DISABLED PUPILS ARE TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS...
DISABLED PUPILS ARE TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS

The government's obsession with improving academic performance in schools treats children with disabilities as second-class citizens, the boss of Birmingham's inclusion unit, Sheelagh Maloney, claimed yesterday. Birmingham City Council has embarked on a long-term drive to close all 28 of the city's special needs schools and integrate pupils into mainstream schools, reports The Birmingham Post (p2).

HISTORIC WALLED TOWN'S RESIDENTS TO CHALLENGE COUNCIL'S SECOND SUMMERTIME TRAFFIC BAN

Tenby residents are to challenge a traffic ban next summer, claiming it infringes their human rights. The Tenby Walled Town Residents Association will question the legality of a controversial pedestrianisation scheme after Pembrokeshire CC decided to repeat a summer time car ban next year. The cabinet member with responsibility for transportation, Brian Hall, said the scheme was 25 years or more overdue, reports The Western Mail(p3).

GUEST HOUSES MUST IMPROVE OR BE CLOSED

-- The Herald(p1) focuses on the tourist board VisitScotland's ratings of guest houses north of the border. by assistant editor Neil Watson

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