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  • 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.
  • Public Finance
    15 Dec 05
    Fed up with slaving away in the background on your worthy but dull project while others bask in the glory of their ground-breaking, award-winning pathfinders? Well, suffer no longer. Michael Ware has...
  • Public Finance
    8 Dec 05
    Children who are dropped off at nurseries early in the morning are being left alone because of staff shortages and poor planning, a senior education inspector said this week.
  • Public Finance
    8 Dec 05
    So the chancellor has managed just to keep within his fiscal rules. But his Pre-Budget Report lays the ground for spending cuts that will leave little funding for services other than the...
  • Public Finance
    1 Dec 05
    The new beefed-up version of the Audit Commission should be able to stop other inspectorates from poring over council services if it feels it is unnecessary, ministers are proposing.
  • Public Finance
    1 Dec 05
    The Home Office's finance chief is bringing a professional accounting approach to Whitehall at a time when it is under most pressure. She talks to Mark Conrad
  • Public Finance
    1 Dec 05
    Four candidates are vying to be the new leader of Liverpool City Council following the resignation of Mike Storey, who has been found guilty of breaking the councillors' code of conduct.
  • Public Finance
    24 Nov 05
    The regeneration of the Thames Gateway presents a golden opportunity to rethink how public services are designed and funded, local government and communities minister David Miliband said this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Nov 05
    Voluntary sector bodies are not just talking about public service provision. They're successfully delivering it. So why is the government so slow to back up the Third Sector with long-term contracts...
  • Public Finance
    17 Nov 05
    Auditor general Bob Black is to investigate the soaring cost of Scotland's independent commissioners and ombudsmen.
  • Public Finance
    10 Nov 05
    Local government leaders have welcomed their new responsibility to ensure there is sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working families - but warned that it needs to be backed up with adequate...
  • Public Finance
    10 Nov 05
    Primary schools are using covert selection methods to weed out the most disadvantaged pupils, according to the director of the Confederation of Education and Children's Services Managers.
  • Public Finance
    10 Nov 05
    The troubled Child Support Agency has refused to disclose whether former chief executive Doug Smith received a bonus before leaving earlier this year despite revealing that senior staff have...
  • Public Finance
    10 Nov 05
    Rhodri Morgan is every bit as evangelical as Tony Blair when it comes to improving public services. But Wales is taking a very different route from Westminster. Steve Davies reports on public sector...
  • Public Finance
    3 Nov 05
    The chief schools adjudicator has warned local authorities not to use adjudications to force schools to change their admissions criteria.
  • Public Finance
    3 Nov 05
    As the Local Government Association in England locked horns with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister over the forthcoming financial settlement, Welsh councils have already been told how much...
  • Public Finance
    27 Oct 05
    Councils could be forced to delve into billions of pounds of vital cash reserves following a tough 2006/07 finance settlement, ministers have warned town hall officials.
  • Public Finance
    27 Oct 05
    More than 250,000 children share a bedroom with their parents because of chronic overcrowding, the housing charity Shelter claimed this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 Oct 05
    Education experts fear white paper proposals will increase inequality and cause admissions chaos
  • Public Finance
    27 Oct 05
    Never one to shrink from a challenge, David Blunkett has taken the incapacity benefit bit between his teeth. Judy Hirst reports on the work and pensions secretary's controversial measures to get...
  • Public Finance
    20 Oct 05
    Chief inspector of schools David Bell has backed plans for greater autonomy for head teachers, which are widely expected to be included in the education white paper due to be published next week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Oct 05
    The education white paper aims to complete the government's reforms by hugely extending parental choice and providing better schooling all round. But, asks Martin Bentham, will this latest upheaval...
  • Public Finance
    13 Oct 05
    Opponents of new house building are grossly exaggerating the impact that it will have on rural areas in Southeast England, councils were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Oct 05
    A leading educational charity has hit out at the inequities in the education system, releasing research showing that only a tiny proportion of the country's poorest children have access to the best...
  • Public Finance
    13 Oct 05
    It's the biggest shake-up in social care for 30 years, with seamless children's services at its core. But already boundary disputes and rows about funding are spoiling the party

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