Central government

  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Pressure on doctors to prove their fitness to practise grew this week as the government launched a mandatory early warning scheme to protect patients.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Ken Livingstone has called for the 33 London boroughs to be abolished and replaced with 14 or 15 larger authorities with increased responsibilities, including control of health and transport.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    The public sector must stop seeing leadership skills as a personality defect, Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson told CIPFA delegates on June 14.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    In a move designed to boost public confidence in figures published by the government, an independent Statistics Commission, appointed by Chancellor Gordon Brown, has been set up to scrutinise the...
  • Public Finance
    25 May 00
    The government looks set to provoke a row with a powerful group of doctors in the run-up to the next General Election by suggesting hospital consultants' private practices should be reined in.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Politics is a cyclical game. Representatives of the party in power at Westminster are always liable to be told to get on their bikes at mid-term local elections.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    A former industrialist brought in to reform Customs and Excise has launched the process by scrapping its nineteenth century management structure.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The government has come under renewed attack over transport spending with the Confederation of British Industry demanding a £209bn package for improving roads, rail and airport systems.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    Police complaints about spending too much time filling in forms and not enough time catching criminals have finally found a sympathetic ear in the shape of Cabinet Office supremo Mo Mowlam.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Labour reaffirmed its faith in the Private Finance Initiative this week when local government minister Hilary Armstrong unveiled 14 new schemes, totalling £300m.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The Ministry of Defence claimed this week it was on target to meet its Public Service Agreement of delivering £700m worth of receipts by 2002 from the sale of its surplus assets.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The government is suffering from 'pilot mania' in its present quest for more efficient government, a leading management consultant has warned.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    The Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office have failed to meet targets for the introduction of resource accounting and budgeting.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    A second year of modest council tax rises in Scotland was expected to be announced on March 9, with average figures within the 5% ceiling set by the Scottish Executive.
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Town halls could be forced to accelerate their electronic service delivery programmes following the prime minister's pledge to get the whole of Britain on-line by 2005.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    For the ninth year running, the National Audit Office has refused to approve the accounts of the Lord Chancellor's Department after finding insufficient evidence that the expenditure of £633m in...
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    10 Feb 00
    Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson this week admitted there was scope for changing the way government departments are funded, and that they could even consider bidding for money from a central 'pot...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Local authorities scooped the pool in this week's Charter Mark awards, garnering 41% of the prizes announced by Cabinet Office Minister Mo Mowlam.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Andrew Dilnot, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and a beady-eyed monitor of public spending plans, is a leading candidate to head the government's revamped statistics service.
  • Public Finance
    20 Jan 00
    Though few NHS managers would deny nurses and doctors their inflation-busting pay awards, the government's acceptance of the review bodies' recommendations has given them an almighty headache.
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 99
    A code of practice is being drawn up by the Treasury to try to avoid major disputes if prices need to be converted from pounds to euros.

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