Central government

  • Public Finance
    6 Dec 01
    Senior management at London Underground conceded this week that final contracts on the public-private partnership for the Tube, already two years late, could be subject to further delays.
  • Public Finance
    6 Dec 01
    Vulnerable children and adults are being let down by failures in local authorities' transport services, the Audit Commission said this week.
  • Public Finance
    6 Dec 01
    Labour's second local government white paper, to be unveiled next week, looks set to leave councils disappointed and frustrated.
  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 01
    MPs have called for a dedicated minister for events to co-ordinate major sporting projects and other large-scale schemes in response to the 'mess' made of Britain's attempt to host the 2005 World...
  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 01
    English councils are set to receive an increase of around 7% in grant when ministers unveil the provisional 2002/03 finance settlement next week, Public Finance can reveal.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    The future of the Public Private Partnership Programme looks increasingly uncertain after it was confirmed that there are currently no plans to replace outgoing chief executive Peter Fanning.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    Education Secretary Estelle Morris has pledged to free teachers from their administrative burden so they can concentrate on teaching, after consultants recommended reducing their workload.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    As the British government muses over the future of local democracy, a cluster of countries is grappling with the gargantuan task of creating local government in a bid to join the European Union.
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 01
    UK local authorities are edging ahead of their US counterparts in offering public services on-line, according to research published by an e-government business group.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    Enlargement of the European Union is now vital to the security of member states following the events of September 11, members of the Committee of the Regions were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    The Local Government Association has declared its 'emphatic' opposition to any attempt by the government to ring-fence local authorities' education budgets.
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 01
    It is now just over a year since a new price control mechanism was introduced to curb the spiralling cost of generic drugs.
  • Public Finance
    1 Nov 01
    Local authorities need to address the failings rampant in the administration of housing benefit as poor management is causing hardship for claimants, according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    1 Nov 01
    The political future of Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish was under threat this week as a police investigation began into what he called an 'error' over income received from a tenant for space...
  • Public Finance
    25 Oct 01
    Central government must invest in the voluntary sector if it wants to see more not-for-profit organisations involved in the delivery of public services, according to one of the sector's leaders.
  • Public Finance
    18 Oct 01
    Local government minister Nick Raynsford has dashed local authorities' hopes of early legislation giving them the freedom to borrow money for capital projects.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    Local government modernisation is being seriously hampered by fears of major job cuts, according to a former high-profile council chief.
  • Public Finance
    11 Oct 01
    The future of the Public Private Partnership Programme, local government's advisory agency, was thrown into doubt this week with the departure of its chief executive.
  • Public Finance
    4 Oct 01
    Ministers should take account of local factors before dismissing chief executives of failing NHS trusts, according to a public sector management expert.
  • Public Finance
    4 Oct 01
    Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers' promise to conduct a review of the Best Value regime, made at this week's Labour Party conference in Brighton, will be music to the ears of many of those who...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The costs of increased security in the capital following the terrorist attacks on the US will have to be met by London council taxpayers unless the government agrees to a request for extra funding...
  • Public Finance
    27 Sep 01
    The Liberal Democrats have demanded an immediate moratorium on all NHS Private Finance Initiative schemes and greater scrutiny of private sector involvement in the public services.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Imagine a massive disaster occurring in the UK and the political response being led by a councillor. Impossible.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Local government officials have welcomed tough new targets on cutting air pollution but are seeking government help in implementing them.
  • Public Finance
    20 Sep 01
    Transport unions claimed they were misled by London Underground chiefs after a company with one contract already in the bag won a second one to manage the Tube under the public-private partnership.

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