Local government

  • Public Finance
    7 Dec 00
    The Business Improvement District (Bid) approach, which uses levies on businesses to transform derelict neighbourhoods across the US, will take a step closer to becoming part of the British...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Labour MP Diane Abbott has called for the government to intervene in crisis-ridden Hackney council to protect frontline services.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    On December 11, managers at the London Borough of Hackney will learn whether the current crisis caused by a gaping hole in the budget will be compounded by a mass walkout of council staff.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Public services in rural areas, including education, social care, transport and post offices, face an annual audit to ensure they are meeting minimum performance targets.
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities may be set to receive £44bn in next year's finance settlement, an inflation-busting increase of 6.7% but, with two different funding options on offer, 47 councils are left more in...
  • Public Finance
    30 Nov 00
    Local authorities should not use excess demand for social housing as an excuse for denying choice to their tenants, housing minister Nick Raynsford said this week.
  • Public Finance
    23 Nov 00
    Ministers have spread most of next year's £2.9bn NHS increase evenly throughout the country, though some cash will be targeted at improving health in Labour's English heartlands.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn this week promised a significant expansion of the Private Finance Initiative and fired a broadside at those who have attacked the investment scheme.
  • Public Finance
    16 Nov 00
    Councils have been placed at the forefront of transforming run-down city centres in the biggest shake-up in British urban regeneration policies for almost 25 years.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    Confusion still surrounds the delayed launch of the government's Citizens' Portal, aimed at providing a single electronic entry point to all public services.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has bowed to pressure from local government and announced reforms to the Bellwin formula to help embattled councils deal with the floods that have devastated much...
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    When Nigel Crisp was handed the BBC survey of health authorities' readiness for the winter months he must have felt lucky to start his first day as English NHS chief executive with a good news story.
  • Public Finance
    9 Nov 00
    An audacious plan by Halton Borough Council in Cheshire to move one of England's greatest sporting landmarks Wembley's Twin Towers from London to the north west has ended in failure, sparking an...
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Smaller shire councils have been promised they will not be excluded from next year's housing stock transfer programme by larger urban authorities hoping to offload tens of thousands of homes.
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 00
    Former deputy justice minister Angus MacKay was the big winner in the Scottish Cabinet reshuffle carried out by First Minister Henry McLeish this week.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    Local Government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham has launched a renewed defence of the public service ethos and the value of 'vigorous local democracy'.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    The government has beefed up the Local Government Modernisation Team with the appointment of eight new members this week.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    Ex-offenders should be treated as priority cases for housing rather than automatically excluded from council waiting lists, it was claimed this week.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    Efforts to minimise pressure on the health service this winter went up a gear this week as leading figures warned that the NHS faces a tough three months.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    The chair of the body set up to examine how contracts are awarded under Best Value has reassured local authorities they will not have new regulations forced on them.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    Best Value is a success so far and should promote a steady improvement in council services to the public, says the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    A high-profile authority chief executive has warned that the advent of regional assemblies may lead to a dramatic down-sizing of local government.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    Local government needs to ditch its narrow-minded approach to partnerships, local government minister Hilary Armstrong warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    Audit Commission controller Andrew Foster this week called for a radical streamlining of NHS audit and inspection in order to drive out inefficiencies and duplication in the current system.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    Ministerial interference in next year's finance settlement is threatening to divide local government, with London boroughs accusing the government of trying to cheat them out of £49m to placate its...

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