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  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    Alnwick District Council is facing a £5m compensation claim from supermarket giant Safeway after the High Court upheld Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's decision to scrap an out-of-town shopping...
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    In another age, there were people known as Kremlinologists. These experts would be wheeled out on British television and radio to discuss the significance of every minor change in personnel made to...
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 99
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has confirmed that local authorities will be able to introduce congestion charges, with the revenue ring-fenced for local transport schemes.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    The burden of policing the European Commission ban on Belgian meat and dairy produce will impose fresh pressure on councils.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Local Education Authorities found themselves in the government's sights again this week when Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped up the attack on spending on schools.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Changes to Britain's phone system which could end up costing councils hundreds of thousands of pounds were met this week with a collective shrug of the shoulders from the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Smokers and homeless people are being targeted as part of a drive to improve the health of some of the poorest areas in England.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    The NHS is wasting up to £50m a year on private health care for mentally ill patients after closing nearly 10,000 psychiatric beds, health watchdog London Emergency Health has claimed. In a report...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Ministry of Defence suffers unnecessary problems disposing of redundant land and buildings because the government has not made the abolition of Crown immunity a top priority, according to...
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Comparisons between high and low-spending councils are misplaced and have little bearing on efficiency, according to the University of Loughborough.
  • Public Finance
    29 Apr 99
    The Local Government Association's demands for comprehensive transport legislation in the next Queen's Speech has won backing from a House of Commons select committee.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The UK's air traffic control service, National Air Traffic Services, should be given greater commercial freedom, MPs were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Councils face a multi-million pound bill after the second serious floods this year highlighted insurance inadequacies.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    New local government finance regulations are being drawn up to improve the accounting of Private Finance Initiative deals.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Fundamental changes to welfare reform are likely to be deferred again because of a backlog of legislation that is to be included in the Queen's speech later this year.
  • Public Finance
    3 Sep 98
    The government has cleared the way for an expansion of the Private Finance Initiative into quangos and other non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).
  • 13 Aug 98
    The government's success in driving forward the Private Finance Initiative in the health sector was underlined this week with the signing of two further large contracts worth around £190m.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    Labour is coming under renewed pressure to clarify its welfare reform policies after Frank Field's attack on Gordon Brown in the Commons this week.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jul 98
    Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has urged councils to refurbish rather than build new homes with the new money from the Comprehensive Spending Review.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    Calls from housing organisations for a re-think on the way VAT is charged on property refurbishments received a boost this week with support from the chairman of the government's Urban Task Force.

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