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Council mistakingly release personal details

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has contacted nearly 2000 housing benefit claimants to warn them of a mistake that means some of their personal details have been given out as part of a Freedom of Information request.

Names and addresses have been passed on but the council say no bank details were released.

The council will carry out its own internal review of its procedures and the Information Commissioner's Office will carry out a separate independent investigation.

Danny Alexander MP in Eastbourne

With just over two weeks until the county council elections, the Chief Secretary to The Treasury, Danny Alexander, hit the campaign trail in the south east today. He came to Eastbourne, where the Lib Dems have achieved major success.

But the latest opinion polls suggest heavy losses for the party on May the 2nd. David Johns' report contains some flash photography.

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Councils urged to curb pay

The Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has backed the Taxpayers Alliance. He says it's essential that councils get a grip on pay to ensure a fair deal for the taxpayers in their counties and in their districts.

He says local councils still have massive scope to cut costs to protect front line

services, and that the Local Government pay juggernaut must be halted.

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Check your council's tax plans for 2013-2014

The Local Government Chronicle's council tax blog is keeping track of tax proposals.

According to its chief reporter Ruth Keeling: "With several weeks to go until budgets must be finalised, we count 26 councils that have confirmed their intentions to increase tax levels.

"We expect this number to increase in coming weeks".

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