Councils have been urged to review expenditure on children in care and examine collective purchasing after the Audit Commission highlighted "considerable variations" in spending on looked after you
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Most politicians don't like being kept in the dark. But not Eric. Nothing he likes better than to have the lights turned low of an evening - on whole streets, in fact. The old romantic.
On a recent visit to Basildon, while no doubt wading through the grateful throng, the Chief lavished praise on Essex County Council for its "immensely brave" decision to pull the plug on over 70 per cent of street lights between midnight and 5am.