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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 14:35HRS

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RUM BRUM DEBACLE HAS NOT HURT 'INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION' OF CITY MANAGER LEMMIE ...
RUM BRUM DEBACLE HAS NOT HURT 'INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION' OF CITY MANAGER LEMMIE

Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken is expected to announce an agreement today with Valerie Lemmie, appointing her his city manager, reports enquirer.com (The Cincinnati Enquirer).

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WALSALL MBC CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNISE RECENT PROGRESS

Walsall MBC has been threatened with government intervention after a report highlighted 'deep-seated' failings in its performance. Council leader Tom Ansell said: 'Of course, we are taking this very seriously and accept the gravity of the situation. We would like the government to recognise the progress we have already made over the past few months,' reports The Birmingham Post(p1).

COSLA NOT CONSULTED OVER DELAYS TO FREE PERSONAL CARE FOR ELDERLY

Labour was last night in disarray over the executive's level of commitment to implement its policy of free personal care for the elderly. Cosla said it had not been consulted about the three-month delay announced yesterday, while there was anger at a meeting of Labour MSPs over the 'shambolic' way the whole issue has been dealt with, reports scotsman.com.

IN DEPTH: FEW STREET CLOSURE APPLICATIONS MEAN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS LOOKING LUKEWARM

Only 24 streets across the whole of the West Midlands region - with an estimated 10 million residents - have submitted applications to close for parties celebrating the Queen's golden jubilee. Some deadlines for applications are less than three months away and, with less than six months to go until the national celebrations, just eight road closure requests have been submitted by organisers planning street parties in the whole of Birmingham. Surinder Mann from Birmingham City Council's highways department said: 'We are urging people not to leave it too late and to apply as soon as possible so we have time to make the necessary arrangements,' reports icbirmingham.co.uk.

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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