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Civils in the papers today - Thursday 26 March

Barack Obama may be forced to delay signing up to a new international agreement on climate change in Copenhagen at the end of the year because of the scale of opposition in the US congress, it emerged yesterday…

…Senior figures in the Obama administration have been warning Labour counterparts that the president may need at least another six months to win domestic support for any proposal - The Guardian

Seven local authorities acted negligently by depositing almost £33m of taxpayers’ money in Icelandic banks a few days before their collapse in October, the local government spending watchdog says today. The Audit Commission found fundamental accountancy mistakes had been made by Kent, the London borough of Havering, Redcar and Cleveland, Bridgnorth, North East Lincolnshire, Restormel (Cornwall), and the South Yorkshire pensions authority - The Guardian

Network Rail has been sharply dressed down by Lord Adonis, transport minister, for simultaneously closing both main railway lines linking London to Scotland and northern England over the past two weekends. Lord Adonis has written to Iain Coucher, chief executive of the track operator, accusing Network Rail of “serious failure to take account of passenger interests” and making “misleading” promises - Financial Times

Gordon Brown signalled that Britain would not announce a big fiscal stimulus in next month’s budget, as the failure of a gilts auction on Wednesday underscored concerns about the impact of further borrowing on the deteriorating public finances. The British prime minister has consistently advocated using next week’s G20 summit to agree a global fiscal stimulus – as demanded by Barack Obama, the US president – but he has been boxed in by dire public finances in the UK - Financial Times

Affordable homes could be built on greenfield sites around the countryside as part of government plans to ease the rural housing crisis. Local authorities are already allowed to build homes on “exception sites” when brownfield plots are not available or to meet urgent demand - The Daily Telegraph
The world’s biggest investor in wind power is cutting its investment programme in Britain, threatening to scupper plans to build hundreds of new wind turbines. Iberdrola Renewables will cut its British investment by more than 40 per cent, it was reported last night - The Daily Telegraph

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