Local government

  • 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
    27 May 99
    The government has admitted that half this year's funding increase for education will be swallowed up by the teachers' pay rise, leaving much less than expected for other improvements.
  • 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
    20 May 99
    Number 10 should force high-profile directly elected mayors on Britain's major cities regardless of the wishes of reluctant councils, a political reform group urged this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Police authorities have rejected claims by an independent watchdog that they are struggling to make their IT systems millennium-compliant.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    The Department of Health is planning to introduce money-back financial incentives for health authorities across the country as part of its crackdown on fraud in the National Health Service.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Ministers announced this week that they are looking for 40 more councils to apply for Beacon status.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Housing may be ignored by Labour as the government sets spending targets for a second term in office, prospective mayor of London Ken Livingstone warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Local authorities in the north, the Midlands and Scotland will now be expected to absorb 20,000 or more refugees from the Kosovo war, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 May 99
    A strong impetus has been given to private sector management of state schools by publication of a government list of selected consultancies that will be permitted to bid for services mismanaged by...
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    The English NHS is slowly hauling itself back into the black but a significant number of health authorities and trusts are still in serious financial difficulties, according to the National Audit...
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw this week committed Britain to accepting 1,000 Kosovar refugees a week and promised local authorities that the government will foot the bill.
  • Public Finance
    29 Apr 99
    On May 6, the local council elections in England, Wales and Scotland will be an important test of the state of the parties.
  • 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
    22 Apr 99
    Ministers have rejected NHS finance leaders' calls for financial targets to be relaxed and have ordered health authorities and trusts in England back to the drawing board to eliminate a projected £...
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The government is pressing ahead with funding changes for supported and sheltered housing despite objections from housing associations.
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    Local government workers moved closer this week to having their salaries assessed under performance-related pay arrangements similar to those being imposed on teachers.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Council house repairs in England and Wales are in line for a £1.2bn cash boost from 2000/2001, according to a briefing note from Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe.
  • 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
    8 Oct 98
    Business and local government joined forces this week in last- ditch attempts to persuade the government to include Best Value legislation in next month's Queen's speech.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Chancellor Gordon Brown has denied that the worldwide crisis in financial markets and the possibility of a UK recession threaten the government's extra funding commitments on health and education.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    Three North Yorkshire local authorities are setting up a combined internal audit service as part of the latest phase in the government's best value initiative.
  • Public Finance
    24 Sep 98
    There has been a mixed reaction to the government's decision to transfer £1bn of education funding from local authorities to schools. The change, announced on Wednesday, is part of the trend to...
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Local government education chiefs are to propose establishing a new body to look at the lessons learned from the government's Education Action Zones.
  • Public Finance
    10 Sep 98
    Value for money will still be the driving force in securing Private Finance Initiative contracts, despite the publication of new guidelines this week which some fear could put a constraint on new...

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