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Councils offered cash to keep weekly bin collections

Weekly bin collections, one of the public services most highly prized by Conservative voters, are to be rescued from the impact of public spending cuts.

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The Conservative leader of Britain’s largest council faces being reported to the standards watchdog for spending thousands of pounds of public funds on a hotel suite at the Tory Party’s annual conference – even though he lives just a few miles away.

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The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has hit back at critics who believe through "ignorance, amnesia or mischief... that the Government can somehow guarantee an immediate, miraculous, return to rapid economic growth through some all-encompassing plan".

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Councillors must vote on high earners

Councillors will have to vote in favour of awarding staff salaries of more than £100,000 under government plans announced yesterday.

West Ham selected to take over Olympic Stadium

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is facing resistance from Liberal Democrat council chiefs over the pace and scale of the coalition Government's spending cuts.

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