Albert Bore's leadership of Birmingham City Council 'appeared to be on a knife-edge last night' after his deputy, Andy Howell, announced his intention to oust him as leader of the council's controlling Labour group, reports The Birmingham Post(p1). Cllr Bore, we are reminded, promoted the cabinet and leader system so hated by Labour councillors, making Birmingham one of the first cities to scrap town hall committees.
The failure of local authorities to crack down on youth crime will be highlighted by the Scottish Executive today, The Scotsman(p4) can reveal. Cathy Jamieson, the minister for education and young people, is expected to highlight key areas where not enough is being done to tackle juvenile offending. The criticism follows a review of council-led youth justice teams which found only ten out of Scotland's 32 local authorities were carrying out their responsibilities adequately. In particular, the Executive has identified the failure of teams to assess properly local problems of juvenile crime, or to come up with effective strategies to deal with them. In addition, some local authorities will be criticised for failing to set up relevant rehabilitation programmes.
LESS-BRIGHT CHILDREN GAIN BUT BRIGHTER CHILDREN SUFFER IN MIXED-ABILITY CLASSES
Teaching children of all abilities in the same lesson narrows the gap between pupils' academic results, but at the expense of progress made by brighter children. A review by Edinburgh University comes at a time when hundreds of Scottish secondary schools have broken away from the practice, reports The Scotsman(p1).
PLANS FOR INCINERATOR CONDEMNED BY EXPERT
One of the country's top waste experts has heavily criticised plans for a new incinerator in Sheffield just days before councillors meet to decide whether the controversial development should get the go-ahead. The former advisor to the House of Commons Environment Committee, Tim Cooper, claims that increased burning of rubbish deters recycling and presents a bad image to prospective investors, reports the Yorkshire Post(p8).
-- A Birmingham City Council scheme in conjunction with environmental charity Groundwork, to steer unemployed people into work while helping their neighbourhoods as community wardens, is bearing fruit, reports The Birmingham Post (p2).
by assistant editor Neil Watson