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

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LARGEST COUNCIL FACES ASTRONOMICAL SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BILL ...
LARGEST COUNCIL FACES ASTRONOMICAL SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BILL

The cost of tackling the essential maintenance and repairs backlog for buildings owned by Birmingham City Council has been estimated at a quarter of a billion pounds, reports The Birmingham Post (p2).

RARE GOVERNMENT DEFEAT ON GOVERNMENT RE PENSION LAW REFORM

Support for a Private Member's Bill to reform the rules on annuity-based pensions has succeeded, despite opposition from government managers. The Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill received its second reading and will now be examined by a commons committee in parliament.

HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER WOULD RESULT IN£1.25BN REFURBISHMENT AND 700 NEW JOBS

Transferring Birmingham's entire council housing stock to the independent sector would lead to a£1.25bn refurbishment and create 700 new construction industry jobs, according to figures contained in a formal document Birmingham City Council sent to 88,000 homes this week, reports The Birmingham Post (p5).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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