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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 17:35

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DONCASTER MBC REACTED SWIFTLY AFTER CRITICAL JUDGEMENT...
DONCASTER MBC REACTED SWIFTLY AFTER CRITICAL JUDGEMENT

Doncaster MBC has received a heavily critical judgement from an employment tribunal which came to the conclusion the council had racially discriminated against and victimised one of its employees. A council spokeswoman said: 'We take very seriously any claim of discrimination against any member of staff and the council is discussing the inquiry's findings and decision. We are looking carefully at the inquiry's report and intend to take appropriate action. The authority can confirm that two members of staff have been suspended to allow inquiries to be conducted in accordance with the council's disciplinary procedures,' reports the Yorkshire Post(p5).

TOWN CLOCK CHIMES ALL NIGHT LONG

Now Montgomery Town Council, which looks after the clock in the Powys town near Newtown, is asking residents if they want it stopped during the night. Councillors say that it will cost£865 to stop the clock from chiming, and money to pay for the work would have to be raised by increasing the town's council tax bill, reports The Western Mail (10/12/02, p3).

IN BRIEF:

-- A former council leader was jailed for 21 months yesterday after admitting swindling£24,000 from a parish council. Former Clay Cross councillor Clifford Fox, who was leader of North East Derbyshire Council until 1985, stole the money from Pilsley Parish Council, near Bake-well, while employed as its clerk, reports the Yorkshire Post(p9).

-- Birmingham City Council could become the UK's first city council to hand over control of its housing to a network of neighbourhood management boards, reports The Birmingham Post (p3). See INDEPENDENT HOUSING COMMISSION REPORT: 'BIRMINGHAM TENANTS KNOW WHAT WORKS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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