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Community safety  

LGA-led betting taskforce launched

3 April 2014
A taskforce has been launched by councils and bookies to address concerns about the clustering of betting shops on high streets and fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

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Localism  

No overall control

3 April 2014
As local electors head to the polls next month, there is a lot to be learned from the experience of councils without majority administrations, writes Cllr Peter Fleming

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Transport  

Local transport

3 April 2014
Capital investment in local transport outside London was the hardest hit area of transport spending in the 2010 spending review, laments Jonathan Bray of pteg support unit.