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  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 00
    Scottish Permanent Secretary Muir Russell has challenged arguments by auditor general Bob Black which dispute the former Scottish Office's choice of a construction management contract system for the...
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    The former Scottish Office failed to prepare a comprehensive procurement strategy when it began preparations for a new building for the Scottish Parliament, auditor general Bob Black said this week.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    Housing association rents should not be kept artificially high so that registered social landlords can fund activities linked to neighbourhood renewal, housing minister Nick Raynsford warned this...
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    Tony Blair's plan to give everyone access to NHS dentistry by September 2001 will fail unless more cash is found, the British Dental Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    The first seven councils to be assessed on Best Value criteria by Wendy Thomson's new local government inspectorate have passed with flying colours.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Local authorities were trying to pick up the pieces of disrupted services as fuel began to trickle slowly back into garages and council depots after the government's ultimatum to petrol companies to...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Conservatives' opening shots in the coming election campaign, featuring radical plans for change in education and local government, have been greeted with predictably swingeing criticism from...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The public sector has a serious image problem which is discouraging young people from seeing it as a worthwhile career and creating a recruitment crisis, according to the chief executive of the King'...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    NHS trusts and health authorities are to be given a degree of choice in how they approach joint working on basic financial services.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Surrey town of Dorking faces two obstacles as it tries to make its name on the Internet.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The government's hospital building programme is ill-considered and could create expensive white elephants, a King's Fund report said this week, in yet another condemnation of Private Finance...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Doctors and nurses on the verge of retirement are being urged to postpone their departure until next spring to help avoid a winter crisis in the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    Public, private and voluntary organisations are to work with 345 schools on out-of-hours educational projects for which funding was announced this week.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    Just weeks after publication of the NHS National Plan, finance staff are being given the first glimpse of what the future holds for them in a modernised NHS.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    The government is to launch a quality strategy for social workers in a bid to raise standards and challenge the negative stereotypes that dog the profession.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    Council social services departments' inability to cope with demand could plunge the NHS into another winter crisis, health authorities and trusts said this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The NHS nursing recruitment crisis could get much worse if the government does not improve nurses' working lives, the King's Fund said this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The government scrambled to rebuff mounting criticism of its flagship New Deal scheme this week, after claims that it had made little impact on the labour market and that even its own departments...
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    The Blair government's determination to downgrade local authorities in favour of control from Whitehall has been likened to Soviet-style centralist rule by the leader of the Local Government...
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn is to use his speech to the NHS Confederation conference on June 30 to announce an additional £60m investment in information technology for the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 00
    Greater local freedom is the way ahead for the health service, according to NHS Confederation chief executive Stephen Thornton.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The row over whether the NHS should be given full responsibility for the care of the elderly resurfaced this week as the Local Government Association claimed an Audit Commission report backed the...
  • Public Finance
    22 Jun 00
    The Rural Services Partnership (RSP) has called on the government to include its demand for a 'rural round-table' as one of the recommendations in a white paper due to be published in the summer.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Integration of health and social services in England came a step closer this week as Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced a new post amalgamating the positions of chief executive of the NHS...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jun 00
    Political leaders could face isolation and have little control over democracy with increasing use of the Internet, Barry Quirk, chief executive of the London Borough of Lewisham, has warned.

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