Welfare

  • Public Finance
    8 Jul 99
    The £650m third wave of NHS private finance schemes announced on July 7 will lead to the closure or downgrading of hospitals, and could spark another row over private funding.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling did little this week to dampen speculation that housing benefit faces abolition in a bid to cut down on massive levels of fraud.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jun 99
    Michael Bichard, permanent secretary to the Department for Education and Employment, has been created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
  • Public Finance
    17 Jun 99
    The Treasury is to release an extra £480m to bail out the Post Office's ailing IT modernisation programme.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Public service unions have ducked a confrontation over comments from the prime minister about the future of annual pay negotiations across the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    The Post Office did not conceal its anger at the government's announcement this week that it is scrapping the £500m benefits card project as was widely suggested two weeks ago but denied by the...
  • 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
    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
    22 Apr 99
    Moves to streamline the housing benefit system are being stepped up after evidence that delays in processing claims is the major cause of rent arrears.
  • Public Finance
    15 Apr 99
    Serious financial irregularities at a further education college in Cheshire could be occurring in colleges across the country, the National Audit Office warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Nine out of ten NHS trusts believe they need more money to cope with the demand for care over the winter months.
  • 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
    1 Oct 98
    More than £1m has been received by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in compensation for 46 of its members who were encouraged to leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme for private pensions.
  • 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
    30 Jul 98
    The ministerial reshuffle led to several changes in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
  • Public Finance
    30 Jul 98
    The Ministry of Defence came under pressure this week to reduce the £50m it spends annually on storing major equipment.
  • 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
    The NHS Executive is to clamp down on health authorities and trusts that do not put enough cash aside to cover clinical negligence claims against them.

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