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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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The Guardian speculates that Labour could be left in control of only three of Scotland's 32 councils after next mon...
The Guardian speculates that Labour could be left in control of only three of Scotland's 32 councils after next month's elections.

The party at present controls 13, but is likely to lose seats under the proportional representations system being used for the first time.

The United Kingdom Independence Party is fielding a record 1,000 candidates in next month's local elections, the Independent reports.

Leader Nigel Farage said the party wanted to broaden its appeal beyond the issue of European Union membership.

Former Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is to stand for Labour in a Westminster City Council by-election, the Independent reports.

Public finance expert professor Arthur Midwinter has attacked the Scottish National Party as unfit to govern, Scotland on Sunday reported.

Professor Midwinter, a former adviser to the parliament's finance committee, described the party's policies, which include replacing council tax with local income tax, as 'riddled with errors'.

Only 1,000 of the target number of 7,500 inspectors have been trained as energy assessors ahead of the 1 June introduction of home information packs, reported the Mail on Sunday. The Association of Home Information Pack Providers said that a further 2,200 people would be ready within the next two months.

Diesel-powered trams could make it realistic to replace some heavy rail lines in the Welsh valleys with tramlines that could be extended into adjacent areas and offer a more frequent service, the Western Mail reports. The trams are in use in Germany and the Netherlands.

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