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  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 06
    Public sector staff worked £9.1bn worth of unpaid overtime last year, with those taking on additional work providing the equivalent of an extra day each week, according to research published this...
  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 06
    Much of Whitehall's reform agenda is incompatible with its current constitutional position a situation that could be solved by a Civil Service Act, according to the sector's former appointments...
  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 06
    Social mobility has stalled, despite the government's best efforts to raise the aspirations of children from working-class homes. Effective reform of local services will be crucial to turning this...
  • Public Finance
    23 Feb 06
    Everyone agrees that the council tax is regressive but there's less consensus on the solution. The interim Lyons report plumped for reforming the benefit system and not the bands. But both are...
  • Public Finance
    16 Feb 06
    & is a problem halved. But not when public bodies can't agree on the best ways to collaborate. Judy Hirst explains why sharing services is so hard to do
  • Public Finance
    9 Feb 06
    Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton this week warned that a rise in the basic state pension age is 'inevitable' the first firm indication that his forthcoming retirement proposals could contain...
  • Public Finance
    9 Feb 06
    Sir David Henshaw, the chief executive behind Liverpool City Council's renaissance as a high-performing local authority, has been recruited by Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton to lead a review...
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 06
    Britain's graffiti and vandalism-scarred railway stations are in a 'deplorable state' and the Department for Transport must take urgent action, senior backbench MPs are demanding.
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 06
    The government was this week accused of failing Britain's poorest groups after it emerged that up to £7bn in benefits went unclaimed in 2003/04, while take-up of key welfare payments has fallen since...
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 06
    Voluntary organisations can reach parts that monolithic public services can't even get close to. And the government is waking up to their importance in areas such as employment services and welfare...
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 06
    Local government minister and political wunderkind David Miliband has been tipped as a potential Labour prime minister. Vivienne Russell meets a minister who is very much on the move
  • Public Finance
    2 Feb 06
    This week's health and social care white paper promises joint working and preventive care in the community. But NHS deficits and social service cutbacks mean the trends are pointing the other way....
  • Public Finance
    26 Jan 06
    Health professionals have called for more research to be published before they endorse plans to vaccinate all young children against flu.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jan 06
    The controversy surrounding the education white paper was stepped up this week as an influential committee of MPs failed to agree on a response to the government's proposed school reforms.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jan 06
    Benefits claimants are being frustrated and confused because Department for Work and Pensions leaflets are written in 'gobbledegook', Public Accounts Committee chair Edward Leigh said this week.
  • Public Finance
    26 Jan 06
    Tory leader David Cameron has hit the ground running, ditching old party certainties for the centre ground. But how much substance is there? Philip Johnston has his doubts
  • Public Finance
    19 Jan 06
    The government faces renewed pressure to improve security procedures in care homes in the wake of the furore over sex offenders found to be working in schools.
  • Public Finance
    19 Jan 06
    Forget the current headlines about schools, one of their biggest difficulties is attracting a head teacher. Phil Revell reports on a recruitment crisis that is threatening the reforms
  • Public Finance
    12 Jan 06
    The revelation this week that more than 1 million pupils are being taught in poorly performing schools has underlined the need for robust local authority involvement, according to town hall leaders.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jan 06
    Teaching unions have reacted with scepticism to Conservative leader David Cameron's pledge that there would be no return to the 11-plus if his party won power.
  • Public Finance
    12 Jan 06
    The Local Government Association has warned ministers of 'potentially substantial' hidden costs of proposals to combat antisocial behaviour, outlined in the prime minister's 'respect' action plan...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jan 06
    Are Comprehensive Performance Assessments local government's very own I'm a celebrity contest a desperate scrabble for stars and praise or a helpful catalyst for improvement? Phil Swann...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jan 06
    The detox diets and gym memberships will soon be history. But for Public Finance 's panel of public sector experts, the New Year challenges have only just begun.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jan 06
    We at Public Finance are very impressed with all of you who took part in our annual quiz.
  • Public Finance
    15 Dec 05
    More than a quarter of care homes do not have enough staff and about half do not carry out mandatory security checks on new employees, the Commission for Social Care Inspection revealed this week.

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