Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* Owners of oversize hedges could face fines of up to £1,000 under new laws brought in this week. Local authorities have been given the power to intervene in disputes between neighbours over high hedges and direct that they be cut back.

* The YMCA has withdrawn from a government plan to compel asylum-seekers to do community work to qualify for food and lodging. 'YMCA has always had concerns about the compulsory nature of the scheme,' said a spokesman.

* Three hundred consultants and senior doctors at three hospitals in North Manchester are being ballotted on whether they have confidence in their NHS managers. The staff are angry about lack of consultation on the proposed closure of a maternity unit and a 200% rise in staff car parking charges.

* Liberal Democrat MP Patsy Calton has died less than a month after holding her Cheadle seat. …

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