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  • Public Finance
    31 Jul 08
    The Labour Party has signalled encouragement for councils to build more homes and a central role for directly employed staff in public service delivery.
  • Public Finance
    31 Jul 08
    Joint ventures in which the public sector provides the land and funds and the private sector the expertise may be the key part of a government package to boost the building of affordable homes
  • Public Finance
    24 Jul 08
    A revision of the sustainable investment rule to allow extra borrowing may diminish New Labour's claims to fiscal responsibility but given the current debt burden, it may be the lesser of two evils
  • Public Finance
    24 Jul 08
    A government drive to bring social housing up to the decent homes standard by the end of 2010 is set to go to the wire.
  • Public Finance
    24 Jul 08
    Doubts over sustainable school design were raised this week, after it was revealed that energy use in state schools would be included in the Carbon Reduction Commitment emissions trading scheme.
  • Public Finance
    24 Jul 08
    major shake-up of the planning system is needed to breathe new life into rural communities, ministers were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Jul 08
    Health minister Ivan Lewis has announced the 25 local authority schemes that will share the £80m Extra Care Housing Fund for 2008-2011. The fund is paid to councils to help them provide specialised...
  • Public Finance
    17 Jul 08
    White paper or white elephant? There's a fin-de-siècle feel to the latest draft legislation on community empowerment, says Philip Johnston
  • Public Finance
    17 Jul 08
    Liverpool City Council is pressing the Merseyside Pension Fund to give its members a vote on whether ethical issues should be included in its investment principles.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    ngland's national regeneration agency has attracted record private investment just one year before it is due to be wound up.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    The cost of decommissioning the UK's first generation of civil nuclear sites could rise significantly beyond the £61bn estimated, the Commons Public Accounts Committee has warned.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    The government talks long and loud about empowering local communities. So why is it so determined to impose directly elected mayors on councils and citizens that plainly don't want them, ask George...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    A Bill aimed at minimising delays to major planning projects such as Heathrow's third runway has hit turbulence, writes Peter Hetherington
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    Organisations struggling to provide better services for less money need strong financial management. Progress is encouraging, the CIPFA FDs' survey shows, but there's still more to do. Ian Carruthers...
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    On the surface, eco-towns seem to tick all the right boxes, providing essential new homes without harming the planet. So why are the locals up in arms? Neil Merrick reports
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    The political parties have fired the opening shots in the Glasgow East by-election, a contest that is crucial for Labour and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    The government has refused to review the £800m allocated for flood prevention in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, despite MPs warning that the sum 'looks inadequate' to cope with the risks.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jul 08
    If Sir Peter Gershon has left one legacy it is that he has made efficiency a major part of public sector discourse. This, at least, is the view of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    Nationalists used to dismiss the Government expenditure and revenue Scotland report as unionist propaganda, but these days they are wielding its findings as a weapon in their fight for independence
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    The NHS is not looking bad for 60, and with the government rolling out a new ten-year plan there's plenty of life in the health care system yet. But, as ever, the big issues are all about funding...
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    How do you persuade people to stop behaving badly, or to do things for their own good? Not by bribing them or banning the activities, says Ann Rossiter, who argues that reinforcing social norms is...
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    New streamlined performance indicators for town halls mark a 'major cultural shift' in the way councils are measured and in their relationship with Whitehall, the communities and local government...
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    Pilot schemes allowing councils to offer financial incentives to cut household waste are to go ahead, despite fears in local government that they would be scrapped.
  • Public Finance
    3 Jul 08
    The long-term growth in household energy consumption is beginning to reverse, with energy efficiency in the home improving by 19% between 1990 and 2004, according to a National Audit Office report on...
  • Public Finance
    26 Jun 08
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