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<b>Tuesday 22 July:</b> Charging scheme scrutinised, high school in debt and sheep get vaccinated

Published on July 22nd 2008.

AN INDEPENDENT REGULATOR is to be appointed to oversee any future changes to the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) charging scheme in Manchester. Any changes, have to be publicly scrutinised and seen to be reasonable and acceptable to the public and business community. Lord Peter Smith, Leader of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), said: “The appointment of an independent regulator will ensure that charging proposals beyond 2013 will be scrutinised.”

A DIDSBURY high school is reportedly £1m in debt. Emergency talks have taken place between education chiefs and Barlow RC High, Didsbury, after the debt soared from £257,000 last year to £1.2m this year. Education officials have refused to reveal what caused the debt and are hoping to reduce the debt without redundancies.

CATTLE AND SHEEP are now to be vaccinated against the Bluetongue disease which was first reported in Britain last year. Since then, 127 premises have been infected by the disease which is spread by midges carrying it. Stockport, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside Macclesfield, Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich in Cheshire have been placed in the Bluetongue Protection Zone, the government announced on Monday.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has said his team will be pushed to their limits when United meet Orlando Pirates in Durban on Tuesday evening. He told mantud.com: “South African football is better than it was two years ago. I’m sure Tuesday’s game will be difficult. We had a very competitive game on Saturday, although it must be said that the match was played in good spirits.”

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AnonymousJuly 22nd 2008.

How the hell do you run up £800`000 in debt in one year without anyone noticing!? Surely Manchester's LEA should have noticed it a bit sooner no? I bet it's nights out for the PTA

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