Controversial bin changes defended by Rotherham waste boss

ROTHERHAM’S waste chief has defended changes to bin collections, despite fierce criticism from some colleagues. Cllr Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for waste, roads and community safety, faced challenges from Lib Dem and UKIP colleagues at a full council meeting over … Continue reading

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New powers for watchdog in crackdown on Westminster sleaze

MPs accused of sexual misconduct face further scrutiny as the parliamentary watchdog is given new powers, senior Commons figures will announce. The role of Kathryn Hudson, the parliamentary standards commissioner, will be expanded after cross-party talks led by Andrea Leadsom … Continue reading

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At Westminster, those accused of abuse still walk among us

At Westminster, those accused of abuse still walk among us Jess Phillips It seems that nothing has changed since the sexual harassment scandal broke The voting lobbies in Westminster are crowded. MPs pour in to them from the three available … Continue reading

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Tower Hamlets scandal: Planning corruption ‘endemic’ in UK

A former senior policy adviser to the prime minister, Rohan Silva, has claimed that planning corruption is “endemic” in councils across Britain. His comments follow last week’s revelations in The Sunday Times that a businessman with close ties to Labour … Continue reading

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Amanda Spielman interview: ‘There are children in this country for whom British values are meaningless’

Amanda Spielman interview: ‘There are children in this country for whom British values are meaningless’ Ofsted’s chief inspector says she will not be intimidated into silence In the past, schools were most worried about exam results and discipline while ministers … Continue reading

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Who really wears the trousers? Hoddinott perhaps?

A ‘macho bullying culture’. Anyone who has taken any interest in the politics of Rotherham over the past few years will remember this witheringly accurate allegation levelled by Professor Jay in 2014. It’s true that Chris Read has gone to … Continue reading

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Government admits HS2 demolition comparisons between Meadowhall and M18 routes were incorrect

A comparison of housing demolition figures used to help justify changing the HS2 route through South Yorkshire was wrong by at least 40 per cent, the Government has admitted. A correction note published by the Department for Transport said that … Continue reading

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Schools on Ofsted’s ‘name and shame’ list have lost almost 600 staff

Union argues that Ofsted and government need to address recruitment challenges in schools Schools included on a so-called “name and shame” list by the education watchdog have lost almost 600 staff since 2015, a union has said. Research by the … Continue reading

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Sheffield transport plans ‘can grow economy by £500m’

The authors of ambitious plans to grow Sheffield’s economy by £500m are to seek the opinions of business leaders in the New Year. A major public consultation will be launched early in the New Year so that the public in … Continue reading

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