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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE SUNDAY PAPERS

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NEW COUNCIL TAX 'SUPERBAND' PROPOSED ...
NEW COUNCIL TAX 'SUPERBAND' PROPOSED

A report from the New Local Government Network proposes establishing a new 'superband' of council tax for homeowners with properties worth above£600,000, the Mail on Sunday reports (p5).

The paper says that the report fails to provide precise details, but it could mean some homeowners paying up to£6,500 a year rather than the current Band H average of£2,500.

It claims that the report's authors have close links with Gordon Brown and John Prescott, and that the recommendations provide a strong hint of Labour's thinking on the future of council tax.

PUBLIC OPINION SWINGS IN FAVOUR OF ENGLISH-ONLY PARLIAMENT

A new opinion poll has revealed a big swing in support for a separate English Parliament, the Observer reports (p7).

An Ipsos MORI poll conducted late last month showed a marked shift in opinion away from maintaining an unchanged House of Commons. Only 32% of respondents were in favour of the status quo, down from 57% in earlier surveys, the paper says.

Just over 41% said they supported proposals for an English Parliament 'with similar law-making powers to the Scottish Parliament'.

The Labour Party has denounced the Conservative line that the devolution of large areas of policy to Scottish and Welsh assemblies has made it necessary to strip Scottish and Welsh MPs in Westminster of their vote on English-only issues. Labour claims the Tory proposals as a ruse to undermine George Brown's bid to become prime minister.

GLASGOW PREPARES TO THROW OPEN DOORS OF KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

The Observer previews the opening on Tuesday of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum after a three-year£28m refurbishment (p13).

The museum and gallery will be opened to an expected 10,000 visitors after a ceremony hosted by Lord Provost Liz Cameron.

The council hopes the refurbished museum will strengthen its bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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