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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS

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NO ACTION AGAINST WELSH COUNCILLOR FOR 'INCITING RACIAL HATRED' AGAINST ENGLISH ...
NO ACTION AGAINST WELSH COUNCILLOR FOR 'INCITING RACIAL HATRED' AGAINST ENGLISH

North Wales police have confirmed they will not be taking any action against Plaid Cymru councillor Simon Glyn after he was reported for calling for strict controls on the number of English people moving to Wales. Mr Glyn said he was 'mildly relieved' by the decision. 'I was never unduly concerned,' he said. 'I knew right from the start that what I said was not inciting racial hatred. 'I always denied I said anything racist. I was only the messenger. Other people have fanned the flames. And I would point the finger at the Labour Party which was taking everything I said out of context and distorting my comments to score political points,' reports icwales.ic24.com.

SENIOR COUNCIL LEADER CONDEMNS PAY RISE FOR CHIEF EXECS AS 'CRASS STUPIDITY'

David Alexander, the leader of Falkirk Council, spoke out against proposals which could result in the salaries of the council chiefs rising up to£135,000 in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest council, and up to£129,000 in Edinburgh (up to 18%). The SNP councillor criticised CoSLA for having commissioned an independent review, saying it was the wrong time to contemplate large rises up to 18% for public sector officials, reports The Scotsman.

TOWN HALL WATCHDOG CALLS FOR CLARITY IN EDUCATION ADMISSION APPEALS PROPCEDURE

Local government ombudsman Patricia Thomas said appeal panel members should be aware parents generally struggled to understand the process, and that proper training for members was also essential. Mrs Thomas, who covers two Yorkshire councils, said complaints about school admission appeals remained a significant proportion of her workload, and noted in her annual report: 'I have expressed concerns about the process of education admission appeals,' according to thisishull.co.uk. 'I continue to be particularly concerned about the difficulties for appeal panels in deciding whether prejudice will be caused by the admission of more pupils.'

by Assistant Editor Neil Watson

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