Education

  • 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
    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
    Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector for schools, has warned that performance-related pay will have little real impact on teachers' earnings, because one in ten head teachers are incapable of...
  • 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
    3 Feb 00
    Public services in France faced severe disruption this week as the compulsory 35-hour working week became reality. February 1 was the due date for the introduction of the much-debated 'loi Aubry'...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Keele University has become the first higher education institution in the UK to use a bond to finance the refurbishment of its student accommodation and pay off its debts.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Ministers will lead a robust reaffirmation of government policy at Labour's Local Governance conference this weekend when they will tell local authorities in blunt terms to 'reform or die'.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    The NHS is failing to meet its New Deal target and there is evidence that a significant number of health service employers have yet to commit themselves to the initiative.
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    By Maria McHale Education leaders have warned the government that its standards agenda will suffer if councils are forced to fund in full the 3.3% teachers' pay rise announced this week. Education...
  • Public Finance
    3 Feb 00
    Education Secretary David Blunkett has ordered government intervention into the education authority in his home town of Sheffield after it was slated by Ofsted inspectors.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    The government has set aside £20m to help schools introduce the new pay and performance system, schools standards minister Estelle Morris announced this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    A House of Commons select committee is expected to recommend a merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise in an attempt to streamline both organisations.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    The public sector has failed to get behind the New Deal in the same way as business, Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett said this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Labour is due to give local authorities an extra £35m in this year's finance settlement but with a warning from ministers that it should be used to curb council tax increases.
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 00
    Gordon Brown has huge room for manoeuvre between tax cuts, spending increases and debt repayment, according to the annual unofficial guide to the chancellor's budget options published this week by...
  • 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
    20 Jan 00
    The governors of Pimlico School have called for an urgent meeting with ministers and demanded a public inquiry into the planned Private Finance Initiative scheme earmarked for the school.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Future London mayors were warned this week not to exceed their powers by attempting to snatch responsibilities away from borough councils.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Whether the outbreak of flu sweeping Britain is an epidemic is a moot point. Statistically, it isn't. The official figures for reported cases are little more than for January last year.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The benefits system is still losing billions of pounds of public money due to fraud and inefficiency in spite of attempts to improve the service, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has found.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    University lecturers are complaining that inequalities in funding mean that the most disadvantaged students are getting the worst deal.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    Scottish finance minister Jack McConnell this week underlined the Scottish Executive's commitment to continuing with PFI and other public-private partnerships. But he added that the system was not...
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The Private Finance Initiative is expensive and inflexible and deflects from government priorities, a House of Commons Treasury committee was told this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jan 00
    The chairman of an independent inquiry looking at the pattern of the school year has criticised the present system as 'medieval' and warned that 'the status quo is not an option'.
  • Public Finance
    6 Jan 00
    Local education authorities that refuse to take bullying seriously could face increasing legal action from the victims, a leading teaching union has warned.

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