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Council budget - not papering over the cracks

Politics / UK Politics : A Lanson Boy

Yesterday Cornwall Council's cabinet 'debated' the first draft of their budget for the next financial year. I use inverted commas because it was hardly a debate. And the first evidence has emerged that new service cuts are included ...

London Councils Cut 5,000 Jobs

England / London : Londonist

London councils have cut 5,000 jobs in response to the government’s Spending Review a year ago. Central government grants are being squeezed by 26% over the next four years – but the cuts are being front loaded (i.e., the biggest re...

Council spends £139,000 a day on consultants

Politics / UK Politics : A Lanson Boy

Cornwall Council spent £139,000 per day on consultants in August this year according to new figures just released by the authority. This is despite the frequent promises to cut spending on this area.The bill for consultants was £4.2...

U.N. Security Council approves 30-day humanitarian truce in Syria

News : Yahoo! News: The Upshot

The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution demanding a 30-day truce to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations with the support of Syrian ally Russia after a flurry of last-minute negotiations. Rough Cut (no repo...

Germany could impose limited diesel car bans in strategy shift

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Reuters Environment Blog

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's government, which has steadfastly opposed barring heavily-polluting diesel cars from cities, is working on changes to allow driving bans on certain routes on an emergency basis, documents seen by Reuters...

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