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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS

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RESIDENTS URGE TO BACK ELECTED MAYOR ...
RESIDENTS URGE TO BACK ELECTED MAYOR

Local government think tank the new local government network is urging Doncaster residents to vote in favour of an elected mayor system of leadership in this week's ballot. The body has been set up to campaign for elected mayors as local authorities country-wide begin referendums giving residents the chance to decide what system of leadership they want, reports the Yorkshire Post(p8).

PARTY CALLS FOR CENSUS APOLOGY

Census managers have been asked to apologise to the people of Wales instead of prosecuting them for refusing to take part in the 2001 census. National statistician Len Cook has written for a second time to the Independent Wales Party, asking it to explain what happened to the unfilled census forms it collected from the public last April, reports The Western Mail (p7).

WORKING GROUP TO USE INTERNET AS WEAPON TO COMBAT 'SCHOOL RUN' CONGESTION

Parents at 13 Hampstead schools are being urged to share 'school run' lifts through an ambitious Internet project being conducted by a traffic working group. The group, run by parents and set up to tackle crippling congestion during peak times, is asking thousands of parents to indicate electronically how their children get to school, reports the Hampstead & Highgate Express.

by Assistant Editor Neil Watson

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