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Magazine article Public Finance

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A Conservative policy group has proposed that motorists should be able to turn left at a red light in a bid to ease road congestion. The party's economic competitiveness policy group has put forward the idea as part of a ten-point transport plan, which also includes schemes for new carriageways, wider junctions and the removal of 'dangerous' cycle paths. John Redwood, who chaired the policy group, dismissed claims that the ideas overlooked cyclists and pedestrians. 'We want them to have better provision than they have at the moment... What we are doing is greener, cleaner and safer.'

Ordnance Sunny staff have been balloted over industrial action at the government agency after trade unions cited mounting 'frustration' at the management's failure to agree a pay deal that is already ten months late. Prospect, the specialist civil servants union, claimed the latest pay offer would leave hundreds of staff with below-inflation increases over the next two years. Around 1,000 staff at OS, the nation's mapmaker, could walk out or take industrial action short of strikes.

The world's first storyMling centre has opened on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The £3.5m Scottish Storytelling Centre will link with a network of storytellers involving all ages and culture. Scottish Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson (pictured) said the centre was a sign of the emergence of new confidence in Scottish culture. 'It is an indication of the growing revival of this ancient art,' she said.

Competition has opened on three rail franchises in the East and West Midlands and for a cross-country service. …

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