Council chiefs to reveal pay deals
Councils will be forced to reveal the pay packages of their chief executives following concern at spiralling salaries, “big pay-offs for failure” and authorities changing their managers “as regularly as premiership football clubs”.
Underage pregnancy up for first time in seven years
Ministers last night defended their strategy for reducing the number of teenage pregnancies after new figures showed that conception rates among under-16s had risen for the first time since 2002.
Councils shed 10,000 jobs in recession
About 10,000 jobs are estimated to have been axed by local councils in England, with many more likely to go as income from planning applications, land sales, deposits and other revenue generators has fallen because of the recession.