Education

  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Small rural schools should cluster together to stave off closure, the Local Government Association warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    4 May 00
    It is a rare Easter in Ireland when the commemoration of the 1916 Rising is overshadowed. But this year, a more modern drama swamped the historical pageants.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    More than three-quarters of housing benefit claims made by people living in sheltered and supported accommodation were not reviewed by councils as required, in the run-up to a new funding system.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The NHS should become a public corporation at arm's length from government, with its own board and operational freedom, according to a new commission of independent experts.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The government has refused to take part in an independent review of the Pimlico School Private Finance Initiative scheme.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    Just as the NHS is becoming accustomed to the government's burgeoning reform demands, the National Audit Office decides to roll up its sleeves and join the modernisation melee.
  • 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 government has opened the multi-million pound schools' IT market to a wider range of private companies, including Internet developers and film-makers, to try to increase competition and raise...
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    London Transport's chief executive has admitted to MPs that London Underground would still face a 'funding gap' if the proposed £8bn public-private partnership went ahead.
  • 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
    13 Apr 00
    Scotland's largest public-private partnership scheme to rebuild Glasgow's secondary schools would not have been affordable without additional government funding, the city's finance director told...
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    The slow and painful negotiations to shore up the ailing Pimlico School PFI deal have been given a new lease of life with a last-minute extension of the credit allocation for the project.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    The finance director of the largest local authority in England has questioned the value-for-money justification for public-private partnerships and admitted that she has doubts about the cost...
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    Nurses and GPs were this week asked to act as frontline midwives in delivering the Blair government's baby of health service modernisation.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 00
    Housing associations should not overstretch themselves by 'dabbling' in too many new activities, according to the chief executive of one of London's largest registered social landlords.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    The government signalled further expansion of the health service telephone helpline NHS Direct this week after a study found it had lifted some of the pressure on out-of-hours GP services.
  • Public Finance
    16 Mar 00
    The government defiantly signalled its increasing commitment to public-private partnerships this week with the announcement that the total value of such projects will almost double to £20bn over the...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    NHS managers and doctors were asking how they would cope with increased patient expectation and lack of cash this week as Health Secretary Alan Milburn launched a plan to cut deaths from heart...
  • Public Finance
    9 Mar 00
    Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead has urged the government to stop dodging the thorny issue of school finance reform, warning that without extra funding for poor schools the problems of...
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Councils should expect no favours from Audit Commission inspectors in the first year of Best Value, town hall managers were told last week.
  • Public Finance
    2 Mar 00
    Up to 1.3 million local government workers are set to receive a pay rise of just 3% despite warnings that councils are facing a worsening recruitment crisis.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    Well-off patients could have to pay £50 for a 20-minute consultation with a GP as part of a radical overhaul of primary care services, family doctors have predicted this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Feb 00
    The NHS has begun the difficult search for a new chief executive following the shock resignation of Sir Alan Langlands this week.
  • 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 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...

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