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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 16:15HRS

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IN DEPTH: FEW ESCAPE CRITICISM IN REPORT ON COUNCIL'S EDUCATION OVERSPEND ...
IN DEPTH: FEW ESCAPE CRITICISM IN REPORT ON COUNCIL'S EDUCATION OVERSPEND

Drew Tulley's leadership of Scottish Borders Council has been criticised in a Scottish parliament education committee report into the current crisis in education spending. The inquiry blamed a breakdown in local democracy for the£4m overspend and its report called on Mr Tulley, as well as councillors and the education convener, to pay more attention to their democractic remits, stating that: 'A breakdown in that regard was a factor in the difficulties the council experienced.' The report also blamed 'an inexcusable lack of financial control' within the council, a 'lack of robust internal structures' and poor communication at all levels, reports The Scotsman(p11).

£1.8M AWARD FOR CRUMBLING HIGHLANDS ROADS IS A DROP IN THE LOCH

The Scottish executive will be pressed to give more money to repair the Highlands' crumbling roads, after a£1.8m award was welcomed with a warning that another£80m is now needed. The Highlands will receive the money as part of a£20m package being made available across Scotland to help local authorities to tackle urgent road repairs. Last week, Highland Council launched a major campaign to win more money for the roads network, reports The Scotsman(p10).

TRIBUTE PAID TO EX-COUNCILLOR FOLLOWING HIS ROAD INJURY DEATH

A former Sheffield councillor died without regaining consciousness, ten days after what police believe was a hit-and-run incident. Bob Watson was found slumped in the centre of a Rotherham road on 16 February with severe head and facial injuries and was rushed to hospital, where he was put on a ventilator, reports The Yorkshire Post(p9).

'SHODDY' REPAIR WORK TO DAMAGED BAR MASONRY CONTRIBUTED TO DEATH AND INJURIES

Sub-standard workmanship was blamed by a fatal accident investigation carried out after a lump of stone fell from the roof of Ryan's Bar in Edinburgh on 29 June 2000, killing waitress Christine Foster and injuring eight others. Counsel for Edinburgh City Council, Gerry Coll, asked structural engineering consultant Mr Donald to give his opinion of the quality of the renovation work carried out in 1988, and was told: 'The work was generally poorer than the standard one would desire, poor to the point of being almost shoddy,' reports The Scotsman(p6, 26/2/02).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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