Regeneration in the newspapers: Tory council adopts Easyjet model for public services

In today's newspaper round-up, reports that Barnet Council is copying the business model of budget airlines as it reforms public service provision, as well as news that UK house prices have experienced the biggest monthly increase for three years.

The Guardian reports that Conservative-led London Borough of Barnet has adopted the business model of budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet as part of a reform of public service provision that could see charities and the private sector taking responsibility for streets, planning, the environment and housing.

According to The Times, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is facing a Labour revolt over plans to cut the benefits of the poorest families by up to £15 per week.

A baby-boom fuelled by rising fertility rates and immigration - and possibly influenced by better support for families including tax credits, according to the Office for National Statistics - has pushed the population of the UK to more than 61 million for the first time, The Times says.

However, writing in The Independent, Tim Finch, head of migration at the Institute of Public Policy Research, argues that immigration is falling due to the poor state of the economy.

The Financial Times reports that hopes of a housing market rebound have been raised after UK house prices took their biggest one-month leap in nearly three years.


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