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  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Government warnings to local authorities to keep down council tax rises may have been heeded. Early forecasts, based on counties' figures, suggest bills will rise by about 6% on average in line...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Relatives of those who died in the Paddington train crash have criticised the 'U-turn' by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in allowing the rail operating company Railtrack to retain much of its...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    PricewaterhouseCoopers last week announced its intention to split its business operations into at least two divisions, recognising the complaints of conflicts of interest in the Big Five firms.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Social landlords are stepping up pressure on the government to improve the way councils pay housing benefit, ahead of any long-term changes to the benefits system.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The government is introducing IT project controls in an effort to avoid further crises with computer systems, following the problems at the Passport Agency and the Immigration and Nationality...
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Figures released this week by Customs and Excise show that the flight of serious punters to low-tax offshore betting operations is beginning to bite into government revenues.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Best Value could unleash market testing of local authorities' financial services on a much greater scale than Compulsory Competitive Tendering achieved.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The more motorways you build, the bigger the traffic jams you end up with. The NHS, according to a new and detailed analysis, is in the same bind.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    A growing number of senior industrialists may be attracted to top jobs in the civil service following the appointment of Peter Gershon to head the new Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The government has been forced radically to revise its attempts to regenerate the regions after a damning report from its own Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) criticised Labour's approach as...
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The head of the powerful Public Accounts Committee of MPs has slammed health authorities and trusts for not taking seriously the threat of infections picked up by patients in hospitals.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The government was this week accused of being the country's most wasteful landlord as new figures show that almost one in five public sector properties is empty.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The National Assembly for Wales has announced an extra £2m for children's services following a damning report that traced two decades of child abuse in local authority homes.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The Treasury has appointed Lucy de Groot, former chief executive of Bristol City Council, to a key role in its Public Services Directorate.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    The new editor of Public Finance is to be Mike Thatcher, who has held the position of deputy editor since September 1998. He takes over on February 28 from Victor Smart who is to edit the leading...
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Rhodri Morgan, the new First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales, is already facing pressure from nationalists to secure European funding and stem central government interference.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    MPs this week called for fines levied against companies who break health and safety rules to be hypothecated to the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    Auditors could be forced into making political decisions for which they are ill-equipped under the new Best Value regime, a House of Commons committee was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    17 Feb 00
    New research shows that an 'alarmingly high number' of GPs are not connected to the Internet and those who are, have strong concerns about illegal access to clinical information.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    The development of health and social services in Northern Ireland has been halted with the return of political uncertainty in the province.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    Weak and substandard procurement practices that have already cost the Ministry of Defence more than £60m could be the tip of the iceberg, a report from the National Audit Office revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    More than 100 MPs have called for an investigation into allegations that the elderly suffer discrimination in the health service.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    The government has insisted that legislation creating directly elected mayors will still be law by the summer, despite this week's defeat in the House of Lords of part of the Local Government Bill.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    The targets announced by Tony Blair for the government's use of the Internet are under review and could be toughened following criticism that they are too general and vague.
  • Public Finance
    10 Feb 00
    Doctors who come under police investigation or are subject to complaints about their performance could face immediate suspension under proposals being considered by the General Medical Council.

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