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Top stories in the latest issue:

CROYDON
The revolving door spins for head of ICT Matthew Wallbridge, who is leaving the local authority to work for a private IT firm with a £2m council contract.

THURROCK
More on the blacklisting of the diligent local newspaper editor – against whom the council has lodged another unsuccessful complaint with regulator Ipso.

DURHAM
Consternation as the contract to build the new £43m council offices goes to Kier Construction, still facing legal action for blacklisting workers.

LANCASHIRE
The county agrees to spend £38,000 on new iPhones for councillors – before saying yes to a proposal to double rush-hour bus fares for disabled people. Nice.

ROCHDALE
The democratic process needs integrity, says Labour leader Allen Brett – having been taped saying he might not spend money on wards that didn’t vote Labour.

POWYS
Red faces as David Price, ex-chair of planning, seeks a retrospective certificate of lawfulness over the large number of caravans at his site.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE
After a story in the Eye about a missing Land Rover, councillors are told to be discreet and avoid ‘sharing information’ about the sale of fire service assets.

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