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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has appealed to towns and cities in Scotland to open their doors to more asylum seekers. Cosla is to host an open day this summer to encourage the 32 councils to sign new contracts with the Home Office to become designated recipients of asylum seekers. The move comes as a study claimed asylum seekers generate £40m a year for the Scottish economy.

Children aged 16 or under are to be granted free travel on London's buses, Mayor Ken Livingstone has announced. In what is the first scheme of its kind in the world, the concession, already available to under-Hs, will be introduced in the capital from September 1. It will cost Transport for London £50m a year in lost fares and an extra £20m for new buses.

The Social Market Foundation has set up a new working group of pensions experts to design a compulsory pension system and investigate how it could work. Launched on June 14, it includes Harriet Hall of the Financial Services Agency consumer panel, Joanne Segars, policy director at the National Association of Pension Funds, and Michelle Lewis, the Trade Union Congress's pensions officer.

Brighton and Hove City Council has received just one star for its service to its tenants, although, according to the Audit Commission, the service is 'fair' and has prospects for improvement. Inspectors from the commission said the service dealt well with antisocial behaviour and gave a high priority to equality and diversity. …

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