Spending Review

  • George Osbrone presents Budget box
    20 Mar 13
    Chancellor George Osborne has increased the scale of the public spending cuts he is seeking from the June Spending Review by £1.5bn.
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    20 Mar 13
    Public funding for universities and colleges has been cut by more than £800m as part of the ‘transition’ to a funding system based on higher student fees.
  • Public Finance
    28 Feb 11
    Or perhaps not. With the pensions landscape in a state of flux, and the Hutton commission likely to recommend major changes, many public sector pension rewards might soon be blown away
  • Public Finance
    1 Feb 11
    The UK is not boldly going where no other government has gone before in its efforts to reduce the deficit. At least 24 OECD countries have paved the way and they have clear lessons ministers would be...
  • Waqar Ahmed KESTEVAN
    31 Jan 11
    Could housing associations do more to boost efficiency in the age of austerity? Waqar Ahmed thinks so. But the group finance director at L&Q tells PF that the government must do its bit too
  • Public Finance
    27 Jan 11
    As local authorities struggle to finalise their budgets, one thing is clear. The end of ring-fenced funds might give councils more freedom but it is going to hit the voluntary sector hard
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 11
    Labour leader Ed Miliband today indicated that local government, one of the areas worst hit by the coalition's spending cuts, would not have been let off the hook by a Labour government
  • Public Finance
    16 Dec 10
    The government/s tax and benefit reforms will plunge 800,000 people into relative poverty by 2013/14, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found
  • Public Finance
    9 Dec 10
    The severity of local government cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review came as a shock to half of council finance directors, while almost all have denounced the front-loading, a survey...
  • Public Finance
    8 Dec 10
    Chancellor George Osborne has come under pressure to reveal how much money the government hopes to generate through asset sales during the Comprehensive Spending Review period
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 10
    Economists and MPs have today questioned the government’s decision to protect certain areas of spending, such as the NHS budget.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 10
    A Public Finance dinner debate brought together the great and the good in Scottish local government to discuss finances in advance of the SNP's budget plans. David Scott reports
  • Public Finance
    15 Nov 10
    The Comprehensive Spending Review should have produced tougher measures on welfare reform and done more on job creation, according to ordinary members of the public
  • Public Finance
    10 Nov 10
    The third sector could grow by billions of pounds a year as a result of the government's public service reforms, charity leaders will be told today
  • Public Finance
    8 Nov 10
    Councils are commissioning better adult social care services, the Care Quality Commission said today
  • Microscope
    4 Nov 10
    It is debatable whether the coalition kept its promise to give the NHS a real-terms increase in funding. Even if it did, the rise was so small as to be almost undetectable, argues John Appleby
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 10
    The Spending Review confirmed deep cuts in councils' funding along with greater freedoms to mitigate their losses. But while ministers might believe innovation will bridge the gap, the truth is...
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 10
    The NHS is likely to come under 'tremendous' pressure to implement pay rises while coping with near-flat funding settlements in the latter half of the Comprehensive Spending Review period, MPs have...
  • Public Finance
    2 Nov 10
    The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned MPs that changes to Council Tax Benefit, outlined in last month’s Comprehensive Spending Review, mean that local authorities have both an incentive and a...
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 10
    The government misjudged the opposition from Conservative London councils to its social housing cuts, a leading public policy expert has told Public Finance.
  • Public Finance
    25 Oct 10
    Prime Minister David Cameron today launched the government's National Infrastructure Plan, which sets out the country's infrastructure priorities and the scale of investment needed to meet them
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 10
    The radical reform of Council Tax Benefit set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review has ‘many downsides’ and would penalise poorer households, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 10
    A narrow majority of people support the spending cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review, according to a poll released today
  • Movingon upTIM ELLIS
    21 Oct 10
    For those battling with increasing demand and shrinking budgets, raising productivity seems to be one of the least painless solutions around. But how to achieve it? The Local Government Group is on...
  • Bridge over troubled water
    21 Oct 10
    It was steady as she goes at the NHS - until the white paper came along. As the health service sails into stormy waters, it's all hands on deck at the Department of Health, finds Noel Plumridge

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